COVID-19 Vaccine Info – Updated Jan 14, 2021:
COVID-19: How to contact the County of Essex to seek an appointment for the vaccine.
The County of Essex has posted a notice where eligible persons in our local towns can obtain information on how and where to schedule appointments for the receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna). https://essexcountynj.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/essex-county-vaccine-flier-3-1.pdf
Here’s how it works, Essex County officials say:
That County posting provides a telephone number (973-877-8456) and a digital link: www.essexCOVID.org to arrange for an appointment. The sites for obtaining the vaccine are different depending on your township residence: Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Nutley.
“Appointments only can be made after the county receives the vaccines. Vaccinations will be given in two doses. Residents making reservations to receive the vaccination will receive two appointments. It is critical that residents attend both appointments. Residents will be asked to provide their medical insurance information and their insurance provider will be billed $16.94 for the first dose and $28.39 for the second dose. If a resident does not have insurance, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provide Relief Fund. There will be no out-of-pocket expenses charged to residents.”
Here’s what to expect, county officials say:
“Each vaccination site is set up in a similar fashion. Residents entering the site will first be pre-screened to verify they have an appointment. Those who do not have an appointment will not be allowed to receive the vaccine that day. Residents will then proceed to a registration table where they will be provided with their paperwork for their visit and receive a card to remind them about their second appointment. After being inoculated with the vaccine, residents will be required to wait 15 minutes while they are monitored for any side effects. Social distancing guidelines will be followed at every site and areas will be sanitized on a regular basis throughout the day.”
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
New Jersey is rolling out its vaccines in phases. An exact timeline hasn’t been made available. Vaccination is voluntary; nobody is required to get a shot.
Here’s how state officials originally described the eligibility list:
In Phase 1A, only frontline health care workers in close contact with the virus were cleared to get a vaccination. Certain vulnerable populations such as nursing home residents and prison inmates were also able to get a shot.
In the first part of Phase 1B, police and firefighters were cleared to get their shots. When the second part of Phase 1B kicks in, other essential employees such as teachers, food service workers and truckers, as well as people over 75-years-old, will be eligible to get a vaccination.
In Phase 1C, the list will expand to other essential employees who work in “overcrowded settings” such as colleges, adults 65 to 74, and people aged 16 to 64 with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19.
In Phase 2 of the rollout, anyone in the general public will be able to get a vaccination.
However, New Jersey took a detour from its distribution plan on Jan. 13. Now the list includes seniors over 65 and people with medical conditions that put them at risk from the virus (a group that was originally in Phase 1C.) Read More: Gov. Murphy To Expand COVID Vaccine To NJ Seniors 65 And Older: https://patch.com/new-jersey/warren/gov-murphy-expand-covid-vaccine-nj-seniors-add-sites
Eligible conditions people with medical conditions that put them at risk for COVID, over age 16 include:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Down syndrome
- Heart conditions
- Sickle cell anemia
- Type 2 diabetes
- Individuals who are pregnant
- Those in an immunocompromised state and a weakened immune system because of issues such as an organ transplant
This posting has information that is subject to change by the County. So, to obtain current information, contact the above telephone number or County website for future updates on administration of the vaccine.
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