Updated: June 25, 2021
As this is an evolving situation, we will provide updated information as it becomes available.
All three vaccines currently available are safe and effective in preventing severe illness and death when administered as directed. Unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider, there is no need to “shop around” for a specific vaccine. Generally speaking, residents should take the first vaccine available to them.
Vaccines are now readily available to residents who are eligible. The Morris County Mega Site generally has same day or next day appointments available. Walk-ins are also welcome at this site from 8:00am - 3:00pm.
As of June 3, 2021, more than 56% of Morris County residents are fully vaccinated, and Morris County became the first county in New Jersey to reach 70% of the 18+ population fully vaccinated. Throughout New Jersey, more than 4.8 million residents are fully vaccinated, succeeding the goal of 4.7 million. Check the vaccination progress here.
Local vaccination data is available on the NJ COVID-19 Data Dashboard and is updated each Friday.
New Jersey has launched an online Appointment Finder at covid19.nj.gov/finder.
Morris County's primary vaccination site is the Morris County Regional Vaccination Site at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall. Vaccine appointments for this location & other local sites managed by the Atlantic Health, can be made online via the AHS website. Pre-Register Here
Who is Eligible to Receive the Vaccine?
Currently all residents age 12+ are eligible to receive a vaccine. As of May 24th only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for children 12-15 years of age.
Can I Get a Vaccine at the Madison Health Department?
The Madison Health Department now has Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Vaccine Available. Register for an appointment online or call 973-593-3079 x1. Appointments are required.
Like many aspects of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the vaccination program in NJ is a rapidly changing and ever evolving situation. New Jersey’s COVID-19 Information Hub will have the most up-to-date information on NJ COVID-19 vaccination program.
Need Further Assistance?
How can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m homebound?
If you are unable to leave the home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine you may request an in-home vaccination appointment by completing an online form here. You may also contact the Madison Health Department at 973-593-3079 x1 to request an at home visit.
Dedicated Assistance for Residents 65 & Older
Senior Residents 65+ can call the dedicated New Jersey Senior COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline between 8:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. at 856-249-7007. Agents can assist with:
- Registering for the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS)
- Scheduling appointments at NJVSS sites, including Senior only appointments at Walmart and Shop Rite locations
- Rescheduling Appointments as needed
New Jersey State Resources for All Residents
- Schedule online or pre-register for the New Jersey Vaccination Program via the NJ Vaccination Scheduling System (NJVSS)
- NJVSS Online Help is available if you’ve already registered in NJVSS and have encountered difficulty
- List of public and private vaccination locations
- NJ COVID-19 Vaccination Call Center Toll-Free: 1-855-568-0545
Morris County Resources
- Schedule online for the Morris County Regional Vaccination Site in Rockaway
- Morris County COVID-19 Call Center: 973-829-8250
COVID-19 Vaccines are free to all who live, work or are educated in New Jersey. Some locations may ask for medical insurance information, but it is not required to schedule an appointment or to receive your vaccine.
Never give credit or debit card information, social security number or bank account number to someone calling claiming to be able to make, change or cancel your vaccine appointment.
How Does The Vaccine Work?
Generally, vaccines work by triggering a person's immune system to develop protection against a disease. COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection.
There are three vaccines which are authorized via FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to be used in New Jersey.
Two are known as messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines. One has been developed by Pfizer and the other by Moderna. Unlike many other vaccines, which put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies, mRNA vaccines instruct our cells how to make a specific protein—or even just a piece of a protein—that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
Both mRNA vaccines require two doses and have proven to be highly effective in preventing symptomic infection of COVID-19 with efficacy rates in the mid-90% range shortly after the second dose has been administered.
The third vaccine, developed by Johnson & Johnson is a viral vector vaccine and only requires a single dose. Viral vector vaccines use a modified version of a different virus—the vector—to deliver important instructions to our cells. For COVID-19 viral vector vaccines, the vector (not the virus that causes COVID-19, but a different, harmless virus) will enter a cell in our body and then use the cell's machinery to produce a harmless piece of the virus that causes COVID-19. This piece is known as a spike protein and it is only found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccines.
Is the Vaccine Safe?
COVID-19 vaccines that are authorized for use have gone through clinical trials involving tens of thousands of participants to determine their safety and efficacy.
The known and potential benefits of approved vaccines outweigh the known and potential harms of becoming infected with COVID-19.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for COVID-19 vaccines which have been shown to be safe and effective as determined by data from the manufacturers and findings from clinical trials. Learn More.
Once Vaccinated, Am I Exempt from COVID-19 Policies?
As of May28, 2021 masking and social distancing requirements have been relaxed in New Jersey, in line with recommendations from the CDC and NJ Department of Health. For more information, please click here.
However, fully vaccinated residents who have close contact with someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:
- It has been at least 14 days since your final dose of vaccine, AND
- Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series, AND
- Have remained asymptomatic since your most recent COVID-19 exposure.
If you do not meet all of the above criteria you should follow standard quarantine protocols. While you do not need to quarantine, you should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for the 14 days following an exposure. If you experience symptoms, you should begin isolation and get a COVID-19 test.
As more community members are vaccinated and the COVID-19 public health emergency abates we can all celebrate together as restrictions are eased. Until that time continue to help the fight by getting the vaccine when you can and following the health guidance issued by local, state and federal agencies.