FREEHOLD, NJ— Walk-in shots are now being offered to individuals age 18 and older at Monmouth County’s Brookdale Community College coronavirus vaccination site.

The site, located at the Robert J. Collins Arena on the college’s main Lincroft campus, is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

“Starting this week, anyone who is at least 18 and lives, works or attends school in Monmouth County can go to the Brookdale Community College for a vaccination without an appointment,” said Monmouth County Commission Director Thomas A. Arnone during a May 3 press conference.

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While state eligibility for the vaccine begins at age 16, the county site administers the Moderna vaccine, which is only approved for adults who are at least 18 years old.

In addition, 100 walk-in vaccines will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5 at the Freehold Borough Firehouse, 49 West Main Street — at the same time free COVID-19 testing will be offered at that location.

Appointments will continue to be offered at Brookdale and can be made by clicking here.

Arnone said that the county will not require residents to get a COVID-19 shot. “It’s the choice of individuals (to get vaccinated). But we will make it easier for you to get that vaccine.”

Arnone also announced that county officials are assisting all 53 municipalities in the county to vaccinate their lifeguards, beach staff and summer camp staff. “We will be putting together a comprehensive plan to get these workers vaccinated before the summer season begins,” he said.

In addition, the county is ready to help food service businesses and assisted living or long-term care facilities get their employees and residents vaccinated. Call the Health Department at 732-845-2070 for more information.

The county also provides transportation services for seniors and disabled individuals to vaccination sites — from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. To schedule a ride or for more information, call the Monmouth County Division of Transportation at 732-431-6480, option 1.

Commissioner Deputy Director Susan Kiley reported that as of May 3, 224,069, Monmouth County residents are fully vaccinated, while another 303,704 have received one dose. Of the 511,730 total shots, nearly 70,000 vaccines have been administered by the county Health Department.

 

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. Please note: County-operated sites administer the Moderna vaccine, which is not approved for anyone under age 18.
  • 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 Walmart and Sam's Club vaccination locations, including Freehold, Howell and Neptune. People age 65 and older can make appointments by calling their local Walmart or Sam’s Club pharmacy or by calling the New Jersey senior hotline at 856-249-7007.
  • Click here for scheduling information at Hackensack Meridian Health facilities. 
  • Click here for scheduling information at RWJBarnabas Health facilities. 
  • Belmar Vaccine Volunteers are ready to help residents schedule their vaccine appointments. Email BelmarVaccineVolunteers@gmail.com.

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