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4 of 6 COVID vaccine megasites in N.J. are open. Here’s how to get an appointment. – NJ.com

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Jan 18, 2021

Four of the six coronavirus vaccine mega-sites have opened up throughout New Jersey to serve as vaccinations hubs.

The four locations currently open are the Moorestown Mall in Burlington County, Rowan College of South Jersey in Gloucester County, the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Middlesex County and Rockaway Townsquare in Morris County. Two additional sites will open later in East Rutherford and Atlantic City.

Each site is currently offering the shot only to priority groups, including healthcare professionals, EMS teams, police officers and firefighters, people over age 65, those with chronic health conditions and smokers. State officials have said each location will eventually have the capacity to vaccinate thousands of people per week, but doesn’t currently because the federal government is not providing enough doses.

Many vaccine sites throughout the state do not show availability due to supply not meeting demand. State officials have said more appointments will become available as New Jersey receives additional vaccines.

Here’s how to get an appointment at each site.

Moorestown Mall, Burlington County:

The Moorestown site, which launched on Friday, was chosen due to its proximity to Camden County. Anyone in the region can set up an appointment. However, walk-ins are not allowed.

To schedule an appointment, visit Virtua.org/vaccine and complete the form. You will then receive either a text or email that will contain a link to schedule your appointment.

You should bring a health insurance card if you have one, a federal, state or local identification card and employer-issued identification.

Information on the second-dose appointment will be provided in-person at the initial appointment.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the site can be found here.

Rowan College of South Jersey, Gloucester County:

The 30,000-square-foot facility in Sewell opened on Jan. 8 and will be able to handle more than 2,000 people a day once vaccines are widely available in New Jersey.

Registration is required to receive the two doses, according to the college’s website. A link to pre-register with the state can be found at RCSJ.edu/vaccine.

Vaccination hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week.

Those with appointments can enter the campus at 1400 Tanyard Road though either North Campus Drive or West Campus Drive and park in Lot E, then follow cones to the Instructional Center.

New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Middlesex County:

The Edison site, located at 97 Sunfield Avenue, is equipped with 20 vaccination stations and will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. It opened on Friday.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines will be administered at the site, but people registering cannot choose which vaccine they want.

Qualified individuals can complete a vaccine registration form on RWJ BarnabasHealth’s website here. You will then receive an email or text to schedule an appointment through a link to a scheduling app.

Due to the high volume of requests, you will not get the link immediately, according to the website. You will be entered into a queue to receive the scheduling link based on the number of people who requested a vaccine before you.

Rockaway Townsquare, Morris County:

The Rockaway site opened Jan. 11 in the shuttered, 30,000 square-foot Sears department store at the Rockaway Townsquare shopping center on Mt. Hope Avenue. The vaccination center is on the lower level of the building.

Reservations must be made using an on-line registration form on Atlantic Health System’s website, found here.

According to their website, there are currently no appointments available, but you can sign up for appointment alerts. Scroll to the bottom of the page to opt in for alerts.

Appointments for second doses will be made on-site when the first dose is administered.

If you are a healthcare worker or work on the front lines and qualify for the vaccine but haven’t been able to secure an appointment, we’d like to hear from you. Tell us your stories on our COVID tip line.

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Avalon Zoppo may be reached at azoppo2@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @AvalonZoppo.

 

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