Within six months, New Jersey aims to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population. Currently, Covid-19 vaccines are available to:
Individuals in Phase 1A, which includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials as well as residents and staff of long-term congregate settings.
Individuals in Phase 1B, including sworn law enforcement, fire professionals, first responders (including search and rescue and similar personnel not included in Phase 1A under the health care professional definition), and individuals aged 75 years and older.
Announcements regarding when additional frontline essential workers and individuals at high risk will be eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1B; and for individuals under Phase 1C (including persons aged 65 – 74) are forthcoming.
Following these phases, the general public (Phase 2) will be eligible for vaccination.
Even if you don’t qualify for Phase 1A, 1B or 1C, you should register at the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System Web portal to be notified when the vaccine is available for you.
After being closed for eight months, the Paterson Community Health Center — a federally funded program designed to meet the medical needs of the city’s low-income residents — reopened on Monday.
Officials at the center allowed just three patients at a time inside the facility on Clinton Street. A steady stream of eight to nine people waited outside for their turn.
During the shutdown, the center took a variety of steps to protect employees and patients against possible COVID-19 infection, including an upgrade of the ventilation system, installation of partitions and the purchase of new furniture.
One patient, a neatly dressed man, said he had gotten by while the center was closed by using the clinic’s telemedicine portal. In addition to offering telemedicine, the center staff during the shutdown referred patients to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center and other health care facilities.
“We sent out 5,000 letters to community residents notifying them that we were reopening our Clinton Street site,” said the center’s chief executive officer Mary Garner. “We hope to open our Broadway location as soon as possible.”