COVID-19 Information & News

COVID-19 Testing

Free at-home test kits:  

Princeton Health Department has received a new shipment of at-home COVID-19 test kits provided by Mercer County. Because of the popularity of these test kits, Princeton residents will be limited to two test kits per household. These kits will be available at Princeton Health Department (1 Monument Drive) from 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday while supplies last. For after-hours pickup please email: healthdepartment@princetonnj.gov. Other sites where residents can order free COVID-19 test kits are linked below. 

  • Free, at-home COVID-19 saliva PCR tests are available to every New Jerseyan. Order your test by visiting learn.vaulthealth.com/nj.
  • Free, at-home rapid antigen tests are available from the federal government. Order one set of 4 free at-home tests from special.usps.com/testkits.

For more information on what to do with your test kit results, or for guidance on how to administer the test, please visit the CDC’s website.

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Princeton Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics      

  • Tuesday, September 13, Monument Hall, 1 Monument Drive, 10 am - 12 pm, Infant Clinic- this clinic will provide vaccinations for the 6-month to 4-year-old age group. Walk-in Clinic   
  • Wednesday, September 14, Monument Hall, 1 Monument Drive, 10 am - 12 pm, Bivalent Booster clinic- this clinic will have the bivalent booster. Appointments can be made through NJ Vaccine Scheduling System - if you have difficulties making an appointment,  Princeton Health Department vaccine clinics always accept walk-ins.
  • Tuesday, September 27, Monument Hall, 1 Monument Drive, 10 am - 12 pm, Bivalent Booster clinic- this clinic will have the bivalent booster. Appointments can be made through NJ Vaccine Scheduling System - if you have difficulties making an appointment,  Princeton Health Department vaccine clinics always accept walk-ins.

All individuals aged 6 months and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Find an appointment using the State's Vaccine Appointment Finder. Same-day appointments are available at various locations. Vaccines are free regardless of your health insurance status or citizenship. If you have any questions about boosters or upcoming Princeton Health Department clinics please email Julie Venema, jvenema@princetonnj.gov.   

Updated COVID-19 Booster Information

Bivalent Booster Vaccines (ages 12+)

Both Pfizer and Moderna have released their Bivalent Booster Doses. These vaccinations include components to help protect against COVID-19 variants. Any clinics after 9/1/22 will only offer the bivalent booster

  • Pfizer Bivalent Booster-  Approved for those 12 years and up. Individuals are eligible for this single dose booster vaccination 2 months+ after their primary vaccine series OR their most recent booster of the monovalent COVID-19 vaccine (original booster dose) 
  • Moderna Bivalent Booster- Approved for those 18 years and up. Individuals are eligible for this single dose booster vaccination 2 months+ after their primary vaccine series OR their most recent booster of the monovalent COVID-19 vaccine (original booster dose) 

Booster doses for ages 5 - 11

  • Those who have completed their primary Pfizer COVID-19 series and are between the ages of 5 - 11 may receive one monovalent booster dose (original booster dose) after 5 months. 
  • Those who received their primary Moderna COVID-19 series and are between the ages of 5 - 11 are not currently eligible for a COVID-19 booster. 

COVID-19 Cases in Mercer County

Beginning spring of 2022, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) began utilizing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) county COVID-19 levels to better mitigate COVID-19 cases. These levels suggest strategies to reduce the impact of COVID-19 cases. To see current levels/cases in Mercer County, please visit the CDC COVID-19 by County or the NJDOH COVID-19 Dashboard. Princeton Health Department continues to track COVID-19 cases occurring within the municipality in order to monitor local transmission levels.