The Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines have been approved for a third dose for those who are immunocompromised.
Additionally, the Pfizer COVID vaccine has been approved for a booster dose for certain individuals. If you are unsure if you should get a third dose or a booster dose of a COVID vaccine, talk to your health care provider.
COVID-19 Additional Dose
- CDC recommends that the following groups should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series (i.e., the first 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine):
- people aged 65 years and older
- residents aged 18 years and older in long-term care settings
- people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions
- CDC also recommends that the following groups may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completing their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks:
- people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions
- people aged 18–64 years at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting
- These recommendations only apply to people who previously received a Pfizer-BioNTech primary series (i.e., the first 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine).
- People can talk to their healthcare provider about whether getting a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot is appropriate for them.
Residents of Millburn and Short Hills may go to any of the Essex County vaccination sites to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you are interested in receiving a vaccine, you may make an appointment. Visit essexcovid.org or call (973) -877-8456 to schedule yours.
The vaccine will be offered at no cost to those who don’t have medical insurance. Those that have medical insurance may be asked to provide their insurance information; however, there will be no charge for insured individuals.
Essex County is administering COVID-19 additional does for eligible residents at the following locations:
- K-Mart- 235 Prospect Avenue, West Orange
- Essex County College- 177 West Market Street, Newark
- Livingston Mall (Former Sears Location) - 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston
To make an appointment, please call 973-877-8456 or visit www.essexCOVID.org.
For more information on the additional dose from the NJ Department of Health, click here.
State Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline
If you or someone you know needs assistance in pre-registering or scheduling an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, call (855) 568-0545 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Visit the NJ State COVID-19 Information Hub for the most recent information on the pandemic and vaccinations.
Residents will be asked to provide their medical insurance information and their insurance provider will be billed $16.94 for the first dose and $28.39 for the second dose. The vaccine will remain free for patients, while these costs will be passed on to the insurance carrier. While the vaccine is free, if you have insurance you will see it billed. 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.
For more information about coverage please visit the following website: https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/assistance-and-benefits/is-the-covid-19-vaccine-free-what-if-i-dont-have-insurance
- CDC Booster Information
- Statement from NJDOH on CDC Approval of Pfizer Booster Dose
- New Jersey Department of Health Information
- COVID-19 Vaccine Locations for Eligible Recipients
- CDC Vaccine Information
- NJDOH Distribution Phase Groups
- Why Get Vaccinated? Info Sheet (PDF)
- Free & Discounted Vaccine Transportation
- Returning to Normal Info Sheet (PDF)