COVID-19 Vaccinations

Update: May 12, 2021"COVID-19 Vaccine Update" - Livingston Health Dept. Background close-up photo of vial and need

The CDC has now approved and is recommending the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in those age 12 and over.

The NJ Department of Health is moving forward as quickly and safely as possible and encourages parents and guardians to speak with their pediatricians or healthcare providers if they have questions and to get their children vaccinated. 


Update: April 28, 2021

As of April 23, 2021 the CDC and FDA have advised the resumption of the Johnson and Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. For more information about the resumption of the vaccine and for additional information about the vaccine visit the CDC website here: Johnson and Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Home vaccinations by the Livingston Health Department will also now resume.  Residents who are home bound and interested may contact Ana from the Livingston Health Department about scheduling an appointment at 973-535-7961 ext. 231.

Those who had appointments will be contacted by the Health Department to reschedule their appointment.  

IMPORTANT: You must register before going to the vaccination site

Register online via the Essex County system or NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, or Vaccine Finder or NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder

Assistance with Registering 

If you need assistance with registering for the vaccine or would like more information about the various locations that are nearby, you may contact the state's toll free COVID-19 vaccination hotline or complete an online form.

1. Call 855-568-0545

2. Or complete an online form at covid19.nj.gov/vaccinehelp

The hotline is available to assist callers daily from 8:00am-8:00pm and can provide assistance to callers in multiple languages.

The NJ Vaccine Call Center has a phone line for those who are 65 and older to assist with registration and scheduling appointments at certain site locations which will include ShopRites and Walmarts.  The hotline is available from 8:00am-8:00pm.

1. Call 856-249-7007

Vaccine Bot NJ provides live updates on newly opened appointments found in New Jersey: What's Available?

Video: How to Get a Vaccine through Essex County

Tips by Jeanne Silberman; Production by Natalie Silberman

Eligibility

As of May 13, 2021....

  • The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for use for those age 12 and older.  More information can be found here.

As of April 19, 2021....

  • All individuals age 16 and older are eligible for vaccination

Transportation

NJ 211 has partnered with United Way Worldwide and Lyft to offer free or discounted transportation to vaccine appointments for anyone who is 18 and older (or riding with an adult) and has an appointment in New Jersey.  To learn more click here.

Residents are encouraged to visit Essex County's informational website, which also includes links to schedule COVID tests and vaccinations:

EssexCOVID.org

Currently at the Essex County site locations...

The KMart site in West Orange and Essex County College site are offering the Pfizer vaccine for those age 12 and older and the Moderna vaccine for those who are age 18 and over.  The KMart site will be offering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, as well.

As of July 26, 2021 the KMart site in West Orange and the Essex County College site in Newark will be open only on the following days.

KMart- Fridays and Saturdays

Essex County College- Monday and Saturdays

The Livingston Mall/Sears location has been closed as of 5/29/21.

Livingston residents may go to any of the site locations that remain open.

Photo of Sears building at Livingston Mall - 112 Eisenhower Pkwy, Livingston

COVID-19 vaccinations have begun at various vaccination centers throughout Essex County and New Jersey.  Livingston residents are now eligible to make an appointment at any of the Essex County site locations that are currently open. 

Getting vaccinated can help protect you and those around you from getting COVID-19. Measures such as wearing a mask and social distancing have helped control the spread; being vaccinated against COVID-19 can further help limit the spread of the virus.

Appointments and Cost

There will be no out-of-pocket expenses charged to residents for a covid-19 vaccine.  For more information about vaccine costs and insurance coverage visit the NJ Department of Health vaccine cost information page.

Anyone interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine must make an appointment. To make an appointment visit EssexCOVID.org or call 973-877-8456. 

Essex County Vaccination Centers_Volunteers NeededVolunteers Needed

Essex County is seeking individuals who would be interested in volunteering to assist at the vaccination centers. 

Volunteers at any of the sites will assist with administrative roles. In addition, volunteers with a nursing/medical background are in need to assist with inoculation. All volunteers will receive full PPE and priority to receive a COVID-19 vaccine if they choose.  

If you are interested in assisting at a vaccination center, please send your name and contact information to vaccinehelp@admin.essexcountynj.org. 

More Information

More information about COVID-19 vaccination is available at the New Jersey Department of Health website at nj.gov/health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at cdc.gov.