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Posted on: February 9, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Princeton COVID-19 Vaccine Update

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Currently there are no appointments available through Princeton Health Department. Please do not call or email asking about appointments. There has been NO change in the scheduled appointments for the second dose. If you have one scheduled please show up at the scheduled time. 


The vaccine supply is still limited. Princeton is not holding any new clinics and has no appointments available for the vaccine. The State has informed Mercer County municipalities that during the current vaccine shortage they will no longer supply vaccines to municipality run clinics. This does not include any second dose clinics already scheduled. Those clinics will still be held. We appreciate your patience during this time. Below is information on options on how to get a vaccine appointment.  


Once the supply increases to meet the demand, we are prepared to schedule further local clinics to help serve those residents who face challenges in receiving care at the larger regional sites.  In the meantime, our local health departments will continue to support the vaccination efforts underway by assisting the county at the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) vaccination site. Mercer County has also partnered with Capital Health Systems to operate a vaccination clinic at the CURE arena.  Appointments are required at both sites through NJVSS.   Learn more


We will no longer be accepting new registrations for the Princeton Waitlist. The existing waitlist will be used to identify people for county-level vaccine clinics. Eligible residents who have already pre-registered with the municipality will continue to be offered appointments and then be scheduled into the available slots at one of the two county-facilitated vaccination sites, either MCCC or the Cure Arena.  Those on the Princeton waitlist should anticipate that it may take weeks or more to vaccinate everyone currently on the waitlist. Given this anticipated timeline, new additions to the Princeton wait lists are not available at this time.  It is important to understand that selection from wait lists may prioritize the oldest residents and those unable to navigate larger venues. Those residents who are able to travel to other sites throughout the state are recommended to check the list of vaccine sites throughout the state and reach out to those with their own portals to register for an appointment. While local health agencies are unable to respond to direct inquiries about specific positions on the list or on anticipated wait times, be assured that you will be contacted once an appointment is available. 


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. 

Please be patient with this process and do not call or email asking about appointments

If you receive a notice from the NJ Department of Health that you are eligible for a vaccine please visit the NJ COVID Information Hub website for vaccination sites and contact them directly to make an appointment.  

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. 

NJ COVID-19 Information Hub
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