Registering for the COVID-19 vaccine

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Covid 19 Update Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes & The Board of County Commissioners

Registering for the COVID-19 vaccine

Infographic -- Steps to Register

NJ Vaccine Scheduling System
Designated Vaccine Sites
COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ

Facing eviction due to pandemic? Help may be available

The Mercer County Department of Human Services, Office on Homeless Services, in partnership with the Mercer County Board of Social Services, has launched the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to provide financial assistance toward unpaid rent or utility bills for renter households in Mercer County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted from March 1 through March 15, 2021. For more information, visit  

Wedding receptions 3-3-21

Effective Friday, March 5, the capacity limits for wedding receptions in New Jersey will increase to 35 percent of a venue’s indoor capacity up to 150 people, and up to 150 people outdoors, Gov. Phil Murphy announced today. Those in attendance must continue to wear face coverings at all times except while eating or drinking, he said.

The governor said the state could safely take this step because “we know these events take time to plan, and we see things slowly moving in the right direction.”

Indoor wedding receptions had been capped at 10 people to comply with the limits on general indoor gatherings. Outdoor wedding receptions had been limited to 25 people.

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Mercer County hosts two vaccination sites – one at CURE Arena in Trenton, in partnership with Capital Health, and the other at Mercer County Community College’s West Windsor campus. A limited number of doses are currently available due to a supply shortage at the federal level. To receive a vaccination from Mercer County, you must first register with the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS) at or by calling 855-568-0545.  No walk-ups can be accommodated at the vaccination sites.You will be notified when it is time for you to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit the COVID-19 Vaccination page on the Mercer County website.

If you need assistance with NJVSS, visit or call New Jersey’s toll-free COVID-19 vaccination hotline at 855-568-0545.

For information on getting the second dose of the vaccine, click here.

For information on vaccination eligibility, vaccination locations and more, visit the state’s vaccine website at Even if you are eligible for receiving a vaccine, an appointment may not be immediately available to you due to  limited vaccine availability.

Current COVID-19 vaccination eligibility:
• Paid and unpaid health care workers
• Residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate care facilities
• First responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals
• Individuals age 65 and older
• Individuals ages 16 to 64 who have certain medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus.


Mercer County offers a free at-home saliva test for COVID-19 in partnership with Vault Health Services. The saliva test is available to County residents 14 years or older and anyone employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County. Details on the at-home testing program can be found on the COVID-19 Testing page on the County website.

An updated list of COVID-19 testing locations in Mercer County can be found on the Trenton Health Team’s website:



The NJ Department of Health on March 3 announced 2,957 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (established through PCR testing), bringing the cumulative total of confirmed cases in the state to 710,046 and 63 additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths, bringing the cumulative total to 21,052 confirmed deaths and 2,397 probable deaths. Mercer County's 68 new confirmed cases bring its cumulative total to 26,406, with 841 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 41 probable deaths. To view Mercer County data by municipality, please visit the Mercer County COVID-19 Dashboard at Please note that municipal data lags behind the state data and will update as information becomes available. Visit the New Jersey Department of Health's COVID-19 Dashboard  for more statewide information.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on March 2 announced 50,935 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the cumulative total of positive cases in the United States to 28,456,860; and 1,283 additional deaths, bringing the cumulative total to 513,122 with 55 locations (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, North Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands) reporting.


The NJ Poison Control Center and 211 have partnered with the state to provide information to the public on COVID-19:
Call (general COVID-19 questions): 2-1-1 (24/7)
Call (medical COVID-19 questions): 1-800-962-1253 (24/7)
Call (vaccine appointment support): 1-855-568-0545 (8a-8p)
Text: NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts
Visit or for additional information


If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed due to COVID-19, please call New Jersey's Mental Health Hotline at 866-202-HELP (4357) or visit for emotional support, guidance, and mental health referrals as needed. You also may contact:
• SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517).
• Crisis Text Line: Text “NJ” to 741741
• Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-572- 7233
• Family Helpline: 1-800-843-5437
Listing of additional resources.

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HEAL, NJ Health Care Workers COVID Hope & Healing Helpline, provides live COVID crisis counseling support, 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to all New Jersey health care workers, their families, and caregivers statewide, with emergency support available 24/7. Call 1-833-416-8733 or visit

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RISE, NJ First Responders COVID Hope & Healing Helpline, provides live COVID crisis counseling support, 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to all New Jersey first responders, including police, firefighters, EMS, National Guard, military and veterans, their families, and caregivers statewide, with emergency support available 24/7. Call 1-833-237-4325 or visit


Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced as a result of COVID-19? The State of New Jersey has created a resource page to help you connect to benefits and resources you need while you are trying to safely get back to work, as well as some tips for coping with the stress of losing a job: For a listing of employment opportunities, visit


For information on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus and its impact on businesses – including resources, assistance and regulations -- visit the State of New Jersey business portal and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development’s COVID-19 Business Resources page.

Mask Up, Mercer!


How COVID-19 spreads:
COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person, mainly by the following routes:
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet).
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breathes, sings or talks.
People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others.

To ensure the lowest chance of obtaining the virus, and spreading the virus to others:
Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others. Improve how your mask protects you.
Practice social distancing -- stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
• Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Symptoms can appear between 2-14 days after exposure, though some people may not have any symptoms while still being contagious. Symptoms can include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

If you believe you've been infected and you are not in immediate danger, you should contact your doctor by phone. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911, and notify the dispatch personnel that you may have COVID-19. COVID-19 Symptom Checker