MORRIS COUNTY, NJ- As of January 14, 2021, the following groups were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and can start making vaccination appointments:
- Paid or unpaid persons working or volunteering in a healthcare setting
- Residents of long-term care facilities and other congregate settings
- Frontline first responders
- Persons aged 65 and older
- Persons aged 16 to 64 years old who have at least one chronic medical condition that poses high-risk for severe COVID-19
This is a significant departure from the initial Phase 1A category of individuals, who are currently being served at the Morris Regional Vaccination Center in Rockaway. The logistics involved in implementing such a change are significant and predicated upon the availability of the vaccine, the implementation of coordinated registration and appointment technology, and the expansion of professional and medical staff. The availability of the vaccine is key. As the governor has repeatedly stated, the demand in New Jersey far exceeds supply, which is clearly the case for the Morris Vaccination Center.
To access the scheduling system as well as sign up to be notified when appointments become available, visit the the Atlantic Health System website .
Based on vaccine availability, you will be notified when you are qualified to receive the vaccine AND when appointments are opening. Each individual will then be able to register for an open appointment.
The county has established a COVID-19 hotline where further information can be obtained. This hotline can be reached at 973.829.8250. The hotline is staffed 7 days each week, during business hours.
Once the supply of the vaccine begins to increase, it is anticipated that many individuals will be able to visit their doctor to receive the injection, much like they would the flu shot.