TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey is offering another incentive for unvaccinated people to get their shots. As part of “Operation Jersey Summer,” through July 4, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will offer a State Parks Vax Pass – allowing free access to state parks, including Island Beach State Park – good through Dec 31 2021. Go to to sign up.

“Millions of New Jerseyans have rolled up their sleeves and received a vaccination to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19, but there is still much work to be done in order to reach our goal of 4.7 million fully vaccinated New Jersey adults by June 30,” said Murphy. “In partnership with the New Jersey DEP  and the Garden State Wine Growers Association, we are giving New Jerseyans more reasons to step up and visit one of our 1,700 vaccination sites to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. We are determined to reach our vaccination goals and make this the best Jersey summer yet.”

The State Parks Vax Pass, which will be of the same value as the Annual State Parks Pass, will allow free access to all of New Jersey’s 51 State parks and forest facilities that charge daily walk-in or parking fees, from Thursday, May 27 through Dec. 31, 2021.

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Other prior "Operation Jersey Summer" incentives included free glasses of wine and a chance to dine with the governor and first lady of the state.

In May, individuals age 18+ who receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey could enter to win dinner along with a guest with the governor and his wife, Tammy, at Drumthwacket, the Official Residence of the Governor of New Jersey in Princeton, or at the Governor's Residence at Island Beach State Park. 

Built on the land that witnessed the 1777 Battle of Princeton for American independence, Drumthwacket is considered by many to be one of the most fabled and elegant of America’s executive residences. The property upon which Drumthwacket stands was once owned by William Penn, who founded the colony of Pennsylvania.

Also offered in the month of May, all New Jerseyans (age 21+) who got their first COVID-19 vaccine doses by May 31 and took their vaccination cards to a participating New Jersey winery received a free glass of wine. Participating wineries included Amalthea Cellars, Auburn Road Vineyards, Bellview Winery, DiMatteo Vineyards, Salem Oak Vineyards, Terhune Orchards, Tomasello Winery, Villa Milagro Vineyards in Pohatcong, and White Horse Winery.


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