COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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Information about Vaccine

Vaccines are safe and effective. Because vaccines are given to millions of healthy people — including children — to prevent serious diseases, they are held to very high safety standards.

Click here for more information and downloads about the COVID-19 Vaccine.

 

Camden County Vaccination Center

The Camden County Board of Commissioners, in a joint public health effort with Cooper University Health Care and Jefferson Health – New Jersey, will begin vaccinating individuals at the Camden County Vaccination Center located at Camden County College – Blackwood Campus. On-line scheduling is available..

PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE

Click here to view instructions on how to schedule your appointment.  Pease refer to the Distribution Phases below to see if you are eligible at this time.

Camden County Vaccination Center is administering the Moderna Vaccine, which is which requires 2 doses 28 days apart.  The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Moderna Vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in adults 18 years of age and older under the Emergency Use Authorization.  We cannot vaccinate persons younger than 18 years of age.

Vaccines are limited to “all adults who live, work, or are being educated in” New Jersey.

If you have any questions, reach out to the COVID-19 Vaccination Center Hotline at (856) 549-0530.

 


Vaccine Roll Out Information

The following information contains the updated vaccine roll out plan for Camden County and the State of New Jersey.  Please note timelines and dates may change.

For more information on Who is eligible, visit the State the New Jersey’s Vaccination Information Page.

 

Vaccine Distribution Phase 1 – (Phrase 1A Currently In-Progress)

Phrase 1 is divided into three categories.

Category 1A (Limited Vaccines)
Persons in Health Care Settings

Definition of Healthcare Settings

  • Persons working in health settings with direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials, paid or unpaid.
  • Long Term Care Residents and Staff
    • Hospitals
    • Long Term Care Facilities
    • Home Care Workers
    • Urgent Care Clinics
    • Dialysis Centers
    • Dental Offices
    • Funeral Homes
    • Pharmacies
    • Public Health Offices
    • Group Homes
    • EMS Workers
    • Police Officers
    • Fire Fighters
    • People aged 65 years and older
    • Adults with underlying medical conditions or immunocompromised

Governor Phil Murphy announced two additional categories of New Jersey residents eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Beginning Thursday, January 14, all New Jersey residents ages 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with certain medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus, are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. Those conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, Down Syndrome, heart conditions, obesity and severe obesity, sickle cell disease, smoking, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Individuals who are pregnant and those in an immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant are also eligible but should follow CDC guidance and first discuss vaccination with their medical provider before receiving the vaccine.

 

Category 1B 
Additional Essential Workers

Definition of Essential Workers

  • First Responders
  • Energy
  • Education/Childcare
  • Law Enforcement
  • Government
  • Transportation
  • Law Enforcement
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Water Sanitation

Category 1C
Other Essential Workers

 


Vaccine Distribution Phase 2 

  • Remainder of Phase 1
  • Persons in Health Care Settings
  • Essential Workers
  • Critical Populations:
    • Incarcerated
    • Group Homes
    • Homeless Shelters
    • Other Congregate Settings
    • Psychiatric Facilities
    • Tribal Communities
    • Communities Been Disproportionately Affected
    • People Who Are Under or Uninsured
    • Colleges/Universities
    • Rural Communities
    • People with Disabilities

 


Information About Second Vaccination Dose

Everyone should receive two doses of vaccine in order to have maximum protection against the virus.  There is no known loss of efficacy of the second dose as long as you receive the second dose within six weeks of receiving their first dose.

  • You should schedule your second dose appointment at the same place where you got your first dose.
  • If you received your first dose by registering directly at Camden County Vaccination Center, you scheduled your second dose when you had your first appointment.
  • Camden County Vaccination Center is currently administering Moderna. Your second dose will be Moderna.  It is recommended that the second dose is the same brand of your first dose
  • If you did not register with Camden County Vaccination Center, you did not receive your first dose with us, therefore, you need to contact the site where you registered and received your first dose for assistance with scheduling your second dose.
  • If you made your first dose appointment through the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System, you will receive a scheduled second dose appointment and an email confirmation with the details of the second dose appointment.

 

Second Vaccine Dose – FAQ

Do I need to get my first shot again if I have missed the recommended window for my second dose?

If you have missed the recommended window for your second dose, you do not have to repeat the first dose. Your second dose should be scheduled at your earliest convenience.

 

How long can I wait to get my second dose?

The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended window as possible. However, if you are not able to get your second dose at the recommended time, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose.

 

What if I don’t know what was the first dose of vaccine ?

Call the vaccine location where you received your first dose to confirm what vaccine your received. Either of the currently authorized mRNA COVID-19 vaccines can be used when indicated; ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) does not state a product preference. However, these mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are not interchangeable with each other or with other COVID-19 vaccine products. The safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated. Both doses of the series should be completed with the same product.

In exceptional situations in which the first-dose vaccine product cannot be confirmed or is no longer available, any available mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at a minimum interval of 28 days between doses to complete the mRNA COVID-19 vaccination series. If two doses of different mRNA COVID-19 vaccine products are administered in these situations (or inadvertently), no additional doses of either product are recommended at this time.

Do I need to repeat my first dose if I am beyond the recommended time for my second dose?

There is no need to repeat your first dose. The second dose should be scheduled at your earliest convenience.

 

When do I schedule my second dose?

If you have received your first dose at Camden County vaccination center, you will be scheduled for your second dose when you come for your fist appointment. If you’ve scheduled your first dose at another location, that location is responsible to provide you with a second dose.

Persons should not be scheduled to receive the second dose earlier than recommended (i.e., 3 weeks [Pfizer-BioNTech] or 1 month [Moderna]). However, second doses administered within a grace period of 4 days earlier than the recommended date for the second dose are still considered valid. Doses inadvertently administered earlier than the grace period should not be repeated.

References:
Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC
Vaccines FAQ (idsociety.org)

 


Where I Can Get Vaccinated Now

Click here for a complete list of locations in New Jersey

Click Here for a list of mega sites in New Jersey

 


Medical Professionals Sought for COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

As our community prepares for an unprecedented effort to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to hundreds of thousands of residents in 2021, the Camden County Department of Health is seeking registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and medical professionals to support this once-in-a-century undertaking. All candidates for this task must have active licenses and certifications for facilitating and deploying vaccines.

If you are qualified and interested in joining this effort, please call the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services at (856) 374-6000, or complete this form.