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Posted on: April 16, 2021

Princeton COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Princeton Health Department- COVID vaccine update woman getting a shot (PNG)

Update-April 16, 2021

Princeton Health Department is working with those scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to get them appointments for other vaccines.
To date, Princeton Health Department has vaccinated over 900 residents, first responders, and healthcare workers. Five of these clinics were held for homebound residents, seniors or those with illnesses or disabilities.

April 13, 2021-

Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnsons & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Statement from New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli

Out of an abundance of caution and following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the New Jersey Department of Health this morning paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine across all vaccination sites in the state.

The CDC and the FDA are reviewing the data involving six reported cases—among nearly 7 million doses administered in the U.S.—in women between the ages of 18 and 48 who received the J&J vaccine. Symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets. Both the CDC and FDA have said that these adverse events are extremely rare. According to the FDA and CDC, individuals who have received the vaccine and develop abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath, severe headache or other unusual symptoms within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.

All New Jersey vaccination sites have been told to cancel or put on hold appointments for the J&J vaccine until further notice. For individuals scheduled to receive the J&J vaccine, the Department will work with all vaccination sites to make arrangements for the administration of an alternative two-dose vaccine. We will work with all sites, as needed, to reschedule vaccination appointments.

The Department will await further guidance from the federal government. The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss these adverse events and make recommendations to the CDC on how to proceed.



The Princeton Health Department is still looking for homebound residents who wish to receive the vaccine, at that time. Specifically, the health department is seeking individuals who are unable to leave their homes due to illness, injury, or other related mobility issues. To inquire on eligibility for receiving the vaccine, please email the health department's Vulnerable Population Outreach Coordinator, Gwen Krol, or call her at (609)497-7608 ext. 1478.

NJ residents age 55 and over are now eligible for the vaccine. 

Beginning April 19, 2021, all individuals over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.


Vaccine Information:

Currently, vaccines are available to the following individuals:

  • Age 16-64 with certain medical conditions
  • Age 65+
  • Child care workers in licensed and registered settings
  • First responders
  • Health Care workers
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness & those living in shelters
  • Members of Tribal Communities
  • Migrant farmworkers
  • Pre-K to 12 educators & support staff
  • Public safety workers
  • Residents & staff of high-risk congregate-care facilities
  • Residents & staff of long-term care facilities
  • Transportation workers
  • Food production, agriculture, and food distribution 
  • Eldercare and support
  • Warehousing and logistics
  • Social services support staff
  • Elections personnel
  • Hospitality
  • Medical supply chain
  • Postal and shipping services
  • Clergy
  • Judicial system

5 Reasons to Get Vaccinated

COVID 19-5 reasons to get vaccinated (PNG)

Social Media sites offering assist with getting appointments:

If you are on Twitter follow @C19VaxxUpdates and @nj_vaccine for updates on when appointments are available throughout the state.
Facebook-Join the New Jersey Covid Vaccine Info group

Find Vaccine Appointments using the State's Appointment Finder (site is Beta)

Keep in mind the demand still outweighs the supply so please be patient. You are strongly encouraged to try to make a vaccine appointment through the individual portals offered by some of the vaccine sites, including the pharmacy sites such as CVSRiteAidWegmans, and ShopRite

Tips to help get a vaccine appointment at a pharmacy or other location: Check early in the morning. CVS and others open up their appointments early and they book up fast. Be patient and refresh your screen frequently. If you need to create an account, do so in advance and stay signed in. Even though insurance is not necessary, have your insurance information handy in case they are required. 

If you are currently on the Princeton waitlist and get your vaccine elsewhere, please email the Princeton Health Department to be removed from the waitlist.

Vaccine Efficacy

Authorized COVID-19 Vaccines Fact SheetVaccine Efficacy Comparison Chart (PNG)
NJ Vaccine Call Center for ages 65+

NJ has set up a call center for those over age 65 who need assistance scheduling vaccine appointments. Individuals can call a specific senior hotline, 856-249-7007 between 8a-8p for assistance with scheduling an appointment. There are dedicated appointment slots reserved for those age 65+. Appointment times vary by location. 

Vaccine Facts

Princeton COVID-19 Case Data

Updated April 15, 2021: 

  • Total Positive Cases: 677
  • Cases in the past 7 days: 6
    Highest 7 day total - 39 (12/12/2020-12/18/2020)
    Daily Average .85
  • Cases in the past 14 days: 12
    Highest 14 day total - 66 (12/8/2020-12/21/2020)
    Daily Average 1.16

    Biweekly-Average Age Positive & Average Age Died

    COVID Avg Age 2021 chart (PNG)

Need help getting a vaccine appointment?

Princeton Senior Resource Center is offering help to those in need, navigating the vaccine scheduling system. If you need assistance getting an appointment please register online or contact Carla Servin at (609) 751-9699, ext. 118 or by email

If you are on the Princeton waitlist and receive your vaccine elsewhere, please notify the Princeton Health Department to remove your name from the list. 

Helpful Tips For the COVID Vaccine (PNG)

Everyone seeking vaccination should use the State's centralized registration and take the first appointment offered to you.


1.    Pre-register on the New Jersey vaccination registration portal (NJVSS) This site will display one’s eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. Once the registration is complete, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) will reply with an e-mail assigning you to the appropriate Phase. NJDOH will follow up with a separate e-mail when it is time to schedule an appointment (See #2 for information on scheduling an appointment). If you experience an error or need help registering with the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System, you can complete an online form or call 855-568-0545 for customer service phone support. 

2.    Review a list of the NJ COVID-19 vaccine locations. The list of locations receiving and administering the COVID-19 vaccine is expanding daily, so check this site often. These locations will provide more accessibility for the general population. Some clinic locations are utilizing their own registration portal, links to these locations can be found on the vaccine location list. Registering with the clinic locations utilizing their own portals will increase your chance of getting an appointment for a vaccine. 

COVID-19 Testing for Princeton Residents:

Free COVID-19 Testing Available at YMCA

Free drive-through COVID-19 testing is available from Express Med Care at Princeton Family YMCA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days per week on the lower level of the building, with outdoor tents for individuals to wait and be physically distanced. Appointments can be made, but walk-ins are welcomed. Those who don’t have insurance to cover the test can receive a test at no cost. For more information or to make an appointment, Visit Express Med Care or call 609-785-1844.

Learn more about COVID-19 Testing

NJ COVID-19 Dashboard offers an insight on the COVID cases and vaccines distributed to date. Select the "Vaccination Overview" tab to view how many doses have been administered and the breakdown by County.

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub
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