NJ Updates: Booster Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine are Available

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Updated COVID-19 Information

State of New Jersey

NJ COVID-19 Updates and More

Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, mask requirements, or how to get a COVID-19 test? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our COVID-19 Information Hub.


Booster Doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Now Available

Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine booster doses are now available in New Jersey for the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

All adults who received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are now eligible for a booster dose at least two months after their shot.

For individuals who received the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at least six months or more after their second shot:

In addition, eligible individuals may now choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose and may “mix and match” dosing for booster shots. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster.

With the holidays approaching and the Delta variant continuing to impact New Jersey, all eligible individuals are encouraged to get a booster shot as they consider travel and gatherings for the holiday season.

Find an appointment at covid19.nj.gov/finder or call the Vaccine Call Center at 1-855-568-0545.

Vaccine Boosters


Struggling to Pay Your Utility Bills?

Utility Bill

New Jersey’s grace period on utility shut-offs expires at the end of 2021. If you’re behind on your utility bills, your service may be disconnected after December 31st.

Help is available!

  • If you’re behind on your utility bills, contact your utility as soon as possible to enroll in a Deferred Payment Agreement to lower your monthly payment and keep your service on.
  • Many households are newly eligible for financial assistance programs, including utility debt forgiveness and home energy assistance. You can apply for help now using the DCAid screening tool from the NJ Department of Community Affairs.
  • Learn more about utility assistance from the NJ Board of Public Utilities.

Utility Assistance


Vaccination Requirements Take Effect for Teachers and State Employees

Teacher

As of Monday, October 18th, all workers in preschool through Grade 12 schools and all workers at state agencies, authorities, and colleges and universities must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or subject to regular COVID-19 testing.

In addition, Governor Murphy signed a new Executive Order this week, requiring all new state contracted workers to be fully vaccinated or subject to testing. New and potential state contractors to demonstrate that all of their employees who enter, work at, or provide services in any state agency location are fully vaccinated or otherwise undergo weekly testing. 

By November 1st, all workers in child care facilities must be fully vaccinated or subject to testing. And as of September 18th, all workers in  certain state and private health care facilities and high-risk congregate settings must be fully vaccinated or subject to testing.

Employers can impose more stringent vaccination or testing requirements on workers, including any requirement for more frequent testing, for testing of both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff, and for mandatory vaccinations without a testing alternative.

Vaccine Mandate


Find Vaccine and Testing Locations Near You

Vaccination

Over 6 million individuals who live, work, or study in New Jersey are now fully vaccinated!

Everyone 12 or older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine for free. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing you from getting sick.

Testing is available to everyone in New Jersey. It is quick and easy. You don’t need insurance and free testing is available.

Vaccine Finder


Rental Assistance and Eviction Protections

Apartment

New Jersey’s Eviction Prevention Program will pay up to two years of rent arrears and future rent, as well as utility assistance, for low-, moderate-, and middle-income households that have experienced an economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Eviction Prevention Program uses the same application process as the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which began in March 2021 and is still accepting applications. Landlords may apply for assistance on behalf of a tenant. Visit https://njdca.onlinepha.com/ to get started. 

In addition to the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program and Eviction Prevention Program, the State introduced critical eviction protections for renter households that have experienced economic hardships during the pandemic. To find out more about current eviction protections available and how to self-certify for these protections, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/renter.

Application Portal


Get Your Flu Shot Today

Vaccine

Everyone six months of age and older is encouraged to get a flu vaccine every year. Ideally, you should be vaccinated by the end of October to protect against the fall and winter flu season.

You can get your flu vaccine at the same time as a COVID-19 booster shot!

Learn More


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