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Vaccination in Bergen County: When and where can you get the COVID-19 vaccine?



As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the question on everyone’s mind is when and where they can get their vaccine to stay safe and start the return to normal life.


Luckily, New Jersey is using an efficient rollout strategy that has already begun to make significant progress in vaccine distribution. In fact, New Jersey has administered more than one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since December 15, 2020, according to state officials.


On Monday Gov. Phil Murphy announced the milestone, adding that 224,000 of the 1 million are second doses.


"Even with the continued scarcity in supply and the rescheduling caused by snowstorms, we have put 500,000 vaccine doses in arms in just a little over two weeks," said Murphy.

As the rollout continues, more first doses of the vaccine are being distributed, with a 22% increase week over week. This good news is exciting, but there are still long wait times due to the limited vaccine supply.





So, how does a Bergen county resident go about getting the vaccine?


First, you need to identify if you are eligible during the current vaccination phase, which is Phase 1A. Under this phase, you are eligible if you are a paid or unpaid healthcare worker, a resident or a staff member of long-term care facilities, a first responder, an individual over 65, or an individual from ages 16-64 with certain medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus, as defined by the CDC.


Still unsure? Here are the detailed categories of individuals eligible for the vaccine:


Healthcare Personnel

Paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings, including but not limited to:

  • Licensed healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists

  • Staff like receptionists, janitors, mortuary services, laboratory technicians

  • Consultants and contractors who are not directly employed by the facility

  • Unpaid workers like health professional students, trainees, volunteers, and essential caregivers

  • Community health workers, doulas, and public health professionals like Medical Reserve Corps

  • Personnel with variable venues like EMS, paramedics, funeral staff, and autopsy workers

  • All workers in acute, pediatric, and behavioral health hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers

  • All workers in health facilities like psychiatric facilities, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and rehabs

  • All workers in clinic-based settings like urgent care clinics, dialysis centers, and family planning sites

  • All workers in long-term care settings like nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, and others

  • All workers in occupational-based healthcare settings like health clinics within workplaces, shelters, jails, colleges, and universities, and K-12 schools

  • All workers in community-based healthcare settings like PACE and Adult Living Community Nursing

  • All workers in home-based settings like hospice, home care, and visiting nurse services

  • All workers in office-based healthcare settings like physician and dental offices

  • All workers in public health settings like local health departments, LINCS agencies, harm reduction centers, and medicinal marijuana programs

  • All workers in retail, independent, and institutional pharmacies

  • Other paid or unpaid people who work in a healthcare setting, who may have direct or indirect contact with infectious persons or materials, and who cannot work from home.

Long-Term Care Residents and Staff

All residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate-care facilities, including:

  • Skilled nursing facilities

  • Veterans homes

  • Assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and personal care homes

  • Group homes like residential care homes, adult family homes, adult foster homes, and intellectual and developmental disabilities group homes

  • HUD 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program residences

  • Institutional settings like psychiatric hospitals, correctional institutions, county jails, and juvenile detention facilities (for eligible minors, e.g. 16+ years of age may be eligible for Pfizer vaccine under the emergency use authorization)

  • Other vulnerable, congregate, long-term settings

First Responders

Sworn law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders, including:

  • New Jersey State Police troopers

  • Municipal and county police officers

  • Campus police officers

  • Detectives in prosecutors' offices and state agencies

  • State agency/authority law enforcement officers (e.g. State Park Police and Conservation Officers, Palisades Interstate Parkway Officers, Human Services police, and NJTransit police)

  • Investigator, Parole, and Secured Facilities Officers

  • Aeronautical Operations Specialists

  • Sworn Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Special Agents

  • Bi-State law enforcement officers (e.g. Port Authority)

  • Court Security Officers

  • Paid and unpaid members of firefighting services (structural and wildland)

  • Paid and unpaid members of Search and Rescue Units including technical rescue units and HAZMAT teams

  • Paid and unpaid firefighters who provide emergency medical services

  • Paid and unpaid members of Industrial units that perform Fire, Rescue, and HAZMAT services

  • Members of State Fire Marshal's Offices

  • Bi-State Fire Service Personnel (e.g. Port Authority)

Individuals at High Risk

Individuals aged 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus. These conditions include:

  • Cancer

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

  • Down Syndrome

  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies

  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)

  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Smoking

  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus


Now you know whether or not you are eligible for the vaccine. Another important question people ask is where here can you get it?


Here is our comprehensive list of COVID-19 Vaccine Centers in Bergen County:


Valley Hospital

North Hudson Community Action Corporation (Three Locations)

  • 197 S. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ

  • 535 Midland Ave., Garfield, NJ

  • 25 E. Salem St., Suite 600, Hackensack, NJ

  • Telephone for all locations — 201-210-0200

  • nhcac.org

Ridgewood Village Hall

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Annex

Hackensack Meridian Health System

Holy Name Medical Center

Paramus Board of Health

ShopRite Pharmacy #169

ShopRite Pharmacy of Rochelle Park

Haworth Apothecary

If you are eligible and there are vaccine centers near you, there are three main options to get an appointment:

#1 Pre-register and make an appointment through the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System. Register here.


#2 Make an appointment directly with a vaccination location.


#3 If you work or volunteer at a select healthcare facility, make an appointment through your place of work.


Now you have all the tools to make a vaccine appointment in Bergen County if you are eligible. Stay tuned for more updates as we move into later phases of the vaccine.


Additional Information COVID-19 Vaccination Information from the State:


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