• Testing center at County College of Morris continues to operate 9:00-4:00 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
• The vaccination center at Sears/Rockaway Mall is operating every day from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Vaccination Update: All six mega-sites are now accepting walk-ups between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. Vaccinations are available for people 16 and over. Individuals between 16 and 18 must have a parent of legal guardian accompany them to the site.
• It is recommended that eligible residents register on the Atlantic Health site rather than the NJ site. The advantage for this approach is that you will be registered and notified when appointments become available. The registration on the state’s site only notifies residents when they are eligible for the vaccination; they must then still register for an appointment at the site of their choosing.
• When a resident receives the first dose at the county’s mega-site, the appointment time/date is set up for the second dose.
• The mega-site will not be implementing a plan to vaccinate homebound residents; local health departments may be setting up procedures to address this population.
Homebound Residents can Request in-home Vaccination
Walmart to offer vaccinations to 65+
The State of NJ is partnering with 68 Walmart and Sam’s Club sites statewide to offer dedicated 65+ vaccine appointments. To facilitate scheduling appointments at these sites, a senior-specific NJ COVID-19 Call Center hotline will be available at: 856-249-7007 from 8am-8pm, daily. Currently, this hotline is scheduling available appointments at fourteen (14) Walmart sites in south New Jersey, however, the number of locations will be expanded to additional sites starting March 29, 2021. Morris County sites will be available for scheduling on March 29th.
From the Health Department:
Many residents have questions regarding the COVID-19 immunization. When will it be available? Is it safe? Where can I obtain information? Where can I be vaccinated? The distribution of vaccine is based on a federal plan which prioritizes specific groups such as healthcare workers and critical infrastructure employees. The second group include people with chronic medical conditions and seniors, followed by the general public.
As supply increases in the coming months, more appointments AND more vaccination sites will open up. Ultimately, most people will be able to get a vaccination at a local pharmacy or at a doctor’s office. Until the supply is at its peak, please follow health guidelines to keep you and your family safe, and be sure to register for a vaccine at one of the websites below so that you will be notified when appointments are available.
At the State Level
NJ residents can now pre-register for the COVID vaccine. Note that when you register for a vaccine, this does not mean that you are making an appointment. You will be notified when appointments are available.
State of NJ call center – residents can call for vaccine information and appointments. That number is 855-568-0545.
For the latest information on vaccine safety, when vaccinations will become available, and other updates, residents are urged to routinely check the NJ Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination website.
At the County Level
Morris County residents should register with Atlantic Health to receive their notifications about COVID-19 vaccine appointment availability.
Morris County has established a COVID Hotline where further information can be obtained. This Hotline can be reached at 973-829-8250. The hotline is staffed 7 days each week, during business hours. This number is not for making appointments.
At the Local Level
Testing positive for COVID-19: When an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 is identified, the Washington Township Health Department follows all appropriate NJ Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control protocols in conducting an efficient and comprehensive follow up. The Washington Township Health Department identifies close contacts of all confirmed cases to determine the need for self-monitoring. Individuals who have been in close contact with that person will be notified and will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Please note that HIPAA requirements protect each individual’s right to privacy, so no identifying information will be publicized.
IMPORTANT – This virus is in our community, and it is still spreading. There are over 400 variants of the virus in New Jersey. We cannot emphasize enough how critical it is for you to STAY HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE to thwart its spread, and to WEAR A MASK or even double mask to protect each other from virus transmission when going out. The longer we can hold out and impede its spread by not giving it the chance to move from person to person, the greater the chance that preventative therapies and treatments will be available that will save lives, yours included.