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COVID-19 Vaccination Updates from the NJ Department of Health

New Jersey has experienced over 400,000 positive cases and approximately 16,000 deaths associated with COVID-19.  Vaccination is the latest tool in our toolbox to stop the spread. New Jersey recently rolled out COVID-19 vaccines step-by-step to serve all who live, work or study in the state. 

Starting in mid-December and continuing into early 2021, vaccine access will be given to New Jersey’s Phase 1A Group: health care workers, who are paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials.  Phase 1A also includes long-term care residents and staff

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Union County Opens Registration Portal for COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Today

The Union County Board of County Commissioners today announced the opening of an online registration system for those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The registration system is currently open. Please note the registration system will only log those who are eligible to receive the vaccination. Those who are ineligible to receive vaccinations will not be allowed to pre-register, and must wait until they are eligible. The County is offering the Moderna vaccine.

Murphy Administration Reminds New Jerseyans of Coverage Benefits for COVID-19 Vaccine

As New Jersey continues to scale up its statewide vaccination program, the Murphy Administration today reminded New Jerseyans that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available without cost sharing barriers. Pursuant to the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement, all providers must vaccinate individuals regardless of whether they have health insurance coverage or what type of coverage they have, and are prohibited from balance billing or otherwise charging vaccine recipients.

“As we continue to roll out our robust statewide vaccination program, we want to make it clear to New Jerseyans that no one will have to pay for the vaccine itself, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance coverage,” said Governor Murphy. “We strongly encourage everyone to join hundreds of thousands of their fellow New Jerseyans in preregistering to receive the vaccine and taking another step toward ending this pandemic.”

For the full press release, click here.

Union County Flu Shot Drive in Linden

Union County is holding a flu shot drive in Linden on Thursday, November 12th from 4pm to 7pm at St Theresa Church (131 East Edgar Road) to help ensure that everyone has access to a free seasonal flu vaccine at a convenient location, especially residents who have no health insurance.

Protection against seasonal flu is more important than ever before due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Pre-registration is required. County residents can attend any of our upcoming flu drives. View schedule and register here.

Union County Flu Shot Drive

Union County is holding a flu shot drive in Westfield on Thursday, October 29th from 4pm to 7pm at the Colleen Fraser Building (300 North Avenue East) to help ensure that everyone has access to a free seasonal flu vaccine at a convenient location, especially residents who have no health insurance.

Protection against seasonal flu is more important than ever before due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Pre-registration is required. County residents can attend any of our upcoming flu drives. View schedule and register here.

Free Flu Shot Information

The Freeholder Board announced updated dates and locations for upcoming flu shot drives throughout Union County in October and November. The County is offering a series of free flu shot drives in local communities to help ensure that everyone has access to a free seasonal flu vaccine at a convenient location, especially residents who have no health insurance.

The free flu shot drive is open to Union County residents age four and up. Appointments are required and residents can schedule their appointment by visiting ucnj.org/flu or calling 908-518-4307. Masks are required for residents who attend to receive a flu shot. Temperatures will be taken when arriving.

“Public health experts are concerned that our medical resources will be overwhelmed if a seasonal flu outbreak combines with the COVID-19 crisis,” said Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “If you have never gotten a seasonal flu shot before, now is the time to do it. Let’s all do our part to help our Union County family stay safe during the flu season.”

Protection against seasonal flu is more important than ever before due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Persons who have a fever, coughing, sneezing, or other signs of illness will not be admitted to a flu drive site. Residents who are experiencing symptoms of illness should check with their doctor. Persons with health insurance are advised to visit their local pharmacy or doctor’s office to receive the flu shot.

The following dates have been scheduled for the Union County flu shot drive. Each event will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Participation is on a walk-up basis, first come first served:

  • October 29 – Westfield (Union County Public Safety Building, 300 North Ave East)
  • November 5 – Summit (Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Avenue)
  • November 12 – Linden (St. Theresa Church, 131 E Edgar Road)
  • November 19 – Rahway (Rahway Recreation Center, 275 East Milton Avenue)

For additional updates visit the “Upcoming Flu Drives” page on the County website.

Please note that the Union County flu shot drive is for seasonal flu vaccines only. There is no vaccine available for the COVID-19 virus at this time.

The Union County Flu Shot Drive is administered by the Union County Office of Health Management in the Department of Public Safety, the Visiting Nurse Association, and volunteers from the Union County Medical Reserve Corps. The Medical Reserve Corps accepts volunteers with a variety of skills both in and out of the medical profession.

Free COVID Alert NJ App

Download New Jersey’s free COVID Alert NJ exposure notification app. Help protect yourself and your family while ensuring your privacy. Add Your Phone to the COVID Fight. Download COVID Alert NJ.

COVID Alert NJ is New Jersey’s free and secure mobile app that anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The app also provides users with up-to-date information on New Jersey reopening news, key COVID-19 metrics, and a user-friendly symptom tracking tool. COVID Alert NJ uses Bluetooth proximity technology. The app will never record any identifying data. All users will remain anonymous.

How it Works:

  1. Download COVID Alert NJ on the App Store or Google Play Store. Opt-in to receive “Exposure Notifications“.
  2. As you go about your day, the app will use Bluetooth to sense any “close contacts”—other app users who are within 6 feet of you for more than 10 minutes.
  3. When your app senses a close contact, your phone will exchange a secure random code with the close contact’s phone. It’s important to note that your location and name are never disclosed.
  4. If you test positive for COVID-19, a public health representative will call you and ask if you’re willing to anonymously notify your “close contacts” by uploading your app’s close contact codes.
  5. Each day, the app will compare your list of close contact codes to the list of codes associated with positive COVID-19 app users. If there’s a match you will get an Exposure Alert, along with appropriate next steps.