LINCROFT, NJ: — Eligible Monmouth County residents will be able to book appointments online for the county’s Brookdale Community College coronavirus vaccination site beginning on Monday, March 8.

The new vaccination scheduling website (click here) will go live at 8 a.m., allowing residents to make appointments themselves for the upcoming week — once the county receives confirmation on the number of doses it will be receiving from the state, according to Monmouth County Board of Commissioners Director Thomas A. Arnone. 

“We understand these appointments will move quickly as we are only receiving a small amount (of doses) throughout the state, but we promise to continue to advocate for more vaccines for Monmouth County,” said Arnone during a March 5 press conference held at Brookdale.

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“It’s time the state looks down and says that Monmouth County does it right. Monmouth County is getting the vaccines out,” he said. “Continue to give us the opportunity to succeed. The only way we’re going to succeed is to give us those vaccines.”

To date, Monmouth has administered nearly 25,000 Moderna vaccinations — nearly 8,000 first doses and some 6,600 second doses — at various points of distribution and vaccine sites throughout the county, according to officials. It has been receiving about 2,500 vaccines weekly from the state. 

Appointments at the Brookdale vaccination site, located at the Robert J. Collins Arena on its main Lincroft campus, will be available Tuesdays through Thursdays, and on Saturdays.

For residents currently on the county’s waiting list, a number of appointments have been reserved at Brookdale and at the Monmouth County Agricultural Building at 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold.

In addition, the county’s Office on Aging will be coordinating appointments for seniors who do not have access to technology at the agricultural building, Arnone said.

With prekindergarten through 12th-grade school personnel added to the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility list, Commissioner Deputy Director Susan Kiley said that plans are under way to develop a schedule to get these individuals vaccinated.

During the press conference, county officials also announced a new partnership with Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park to provide COVID-19 vaccines by appointment only, beginning on March 13 at the church. Last month, the county opened its first community-based site for the underserved, teaming with the Parker Family Health Center and Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank.

Do You Qualify for a COVID-19 Vaccine?

The following individuals in New Jersey now qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • Paid and unpaid health care workers
  • Residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate care facilities
  • First-responders, including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals
  • Individuals age 65 and older
  • Individuals age 16 to 64 that have certain medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus
  • Pre-K to 12th-grade educators and staff
  • Child care workers in licensed and registered settings

Beginning on Monday, March 15, the following groups will be eligible to book vaccine appointments:

  • Transportation workers
  • Additional public safety workers
  • Additional high-risk individuals

Beginning on Monday, March 29, front-line essential workers in the following categories are also eligible for vaccination:

  • Food production, agriculture, and food distribution
  • Elder care and support
  • Warehousing and logistics
  • Social services support staff
  • Election personnel
  • Hospitality
  • Medical supply chain
  • Postal and shipping services
  • Clergy
  • Judicial system

For details on each group, click here.

How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine in Monmouth County

Since not all vaccine sites are included in New Jersey's vaccine scheduling system (click here) or available when calling the state hotline at 855-568-0545, Monmouth County residents are advised to check for appointments on the county's site, as well as on other local community-based sites. 

  • Click here to access Monmouth County's online vaccine scheduling system for Brookdale Community College.
  • Click here to find out about community-based vaccination sites in Monmouth County, including CVS, Rite-Aid, Shop-Rite, Stop & Shop and Wegmans locations.
  • Click here for scheduling information at Hackensack Meridian Health facilities. 
  • Click here for scheduling information at RWJBarnabas Health facilities. 

CORONAVIRUS DATA CENTRAL 

  • New Jersey’s toll-free vaccination hotline at 855-568-0545 is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. 
  • Click here for New Jersey's COVID-19 vaccine scheduling system, including preregistration. 
  • Anyone experiencing an error or need support with the vaccine scheduling system can complete an online form at covid19.nj.gov/vaccinehelp.
  • Click here to access Monmouth County's online vaccine scheduling system for Brookdale Community College. 
  • Click here for Monmouth County’s latest coronavirus information.
  • Click here for the state’s central online location for official vaccine-related information.
  • Click here for information from the state Department of Health on the coronavirus vaccination, including fact sheets and important state and federal data.
  • Click here for the latest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Click here for the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard.
  • Click here for New Jersey’s latest COVID-19 Weekly Activity Report.
  • Click here for state COVID-19 testing information.