UNION COUNTY, NJ — The county will begin vaccinating residents 75 and up, along with essential workers this month, according to the county's spokesman.

Vaccinations will be contingent on their arrival and sufficiency, said Union County spokesman Seb D’Elia. The county will have vaccinations available for members of the general public around April or May, D’Elia added.

“As soon as vaccines are available, we will have a registration system in place,” D’Elia said.

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Vaccines from the county will be done by appointment once they are received and will come in two doses, officials said on the county's website. The vaccine will be administered in phases at sites compliant with social distancing and sanitation measures, officials said. 

The vaccine efforts come as the state hopes to vaccinate up to 70% of adult residents within the next six months. Six vaccine “mega-sites” will open across the state in mid-January to vaccinate health care workers and long-term care residents and staff.

Some of New Jersey's first vaccines were administered earlier this month.

Residents getting the vaccine in Union County will be asked to provide health insurance information so that their insurance company can be billed $16.94 for the vaccine's first dose and $28.39 for the second dose, county officials said on the web page established to provide details about the vaccine.

“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,” the officials said. “There will be no out-of-pocket expenses charged to residents.”

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Union County, visit www.ucnj.org/vaccination.