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12/22/2021 - NJ COVID-19 Updates and More

NJ COVID-19 Updates and More

Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, mask requirements, or how to get a COVID-19 test? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our COVID-19 Information Hub.

Stay Safe During The Holidays!
Family Gathering
New Jersey is seeing daily case counts hitting levels we haven’t seen since mid-January 2021.

Stay safe as you prepare for the holidays:

Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the flu, including a COVID-19 booster.
Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are in close contact with someone that has tested positive.
Mask up in crowded indoor areas or around high-risk people.
Keep activities outdoors when possible or in places with good airflow.
If you are sick, stay home and don’t host any gatherings.
Holiday Guidance

Find Free Testing Options
COVID Testing
In addition to the hundreds of testing locations available across the state, there are now expanded free testing options available for New Jerseyans:

Order a free saliva-based PCR test, shipped directly to your home at no cost.

Find a list of free, public testing sites, including pop-up testing sites.
It's especially important to get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms after being exposed, or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. You should also get tested if you were recently at a large gathering where social distancing was hard to maintain and are not fully vaccinated or recently recovered, or if you must travel and are not fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Testing
Apply for Health Insurance by December 31st for January Coverage
Health Insurance
Open enrollment for Get Covered New Jersey is here — don’t delay, get covered now! Open enrollment is the one time of year residents who do not have health insurance through an employer or other program such as Medicaid or Medicare can enroll in a plan.

At GetCoveredNJ, you can browse, shop, compare, and save on quality, affordable health insurance.

Nine in 10 enrolling qualify for financial help, and many residents receiving financial assistance can access a plan for $10 or less per month.

Remember to sign up for coverage by December 31st to ensure that you are covered for the new year. Open enrollment ends January 31st, 2022.

Get Your Booster Shot!

COVID-19 vaccines are working well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death. However, studies show that vaccination may become less effective over time, especially in preventing infection or milder illness. Booster doses provide necessary protection against waning immunity.

Booster shots are available to everyone 16 and older:

Two months after their one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot or
Six months after their last Pfizer or Moderna shot
And — everyone 5 and older should complete their initial vaccination!

The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19.

Book your vaccination appointment today!
Vaccine Appointments