COVID-19 Testing LocationsIf you are in need of a COVID test and have mild to moderate symptoms, we encourage you to visit a local pharmacy or one of our urgent care centers. The emergency room should not be your primary destination if you are looking for a COVID test. You should only visit the emergency room if you experience symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention, such as*:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
Covid-19 Vaccination AppointmentsUPDATED BOOSTERS AVAILABLE:
As of December 9, 2022, bivalent boosters are available for everyone ages 6 months and older to provide better protection against the widely circulating Omicron variant. Schedule an appointment today.
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Walk-ins available for those age 12+ at the following locations: Bayshore Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean University Medical Center, Old Bridge Medical Center, Palisades Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center
Vaccine Schedule and EligibilityFor more information about vaccine eligibility and timing, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Photo identification (i.e. driver’s license, passport or student ID)
- Your vaccination card
- Your insurance card (Note: Your insurance may be billed to defray the costs of paying staff to administer the vaccine, but you will not have an out-of-pocket expense.)
- For those covered by a Medicare Advantage plan, please bring your Medicare Coverage ID Card since COVID -19 vaccines are covered by traditional Medicare. If you do not have a traditional Medicare Card, please be able to provide your Social Security Number when you come in for your vaccine.
- If you are 12-17 years old and have an appointment, you must have your parents or legal guardian with you.
- Don’t forget to eat and drink prior to your vaccine. There’s no need to fast.
- We send email confirmations when appointments are made.
- Second doses are scheduled at the time of your first visit. Remember to bring your vaccine card so we can update it.
- You don’t need to arrive early. Just arrive a few minutes early.
- You must wear a mask and observe social distancing guidelines.
- You will be registered, then receive your vaccine and then observed for 15 minutes for any side effects.
- You should talk to your health care provider about any medical conditions you may have, and whether getting an additional dose can help provide added protection.
With billions of doses administered across the globe, there is a growing body of real-world evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are both safe and effective.
Importantly, they are very effective against preventing someone from getting seriously ill, requiring hospitalization or dying from COVID-19. Studies completed to date include:
- mRNA vaccines are 94% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 among health care personnel - Learn more
- Vaccination reduced the risk for COVID-19 hospitalization among adults 65+ by 94% - Learn more
- mRNA vaccines are highly effective in real-world conditions; those fully vaccinated 90% less likely to get infected - Learn more
- There are no increased risks of severe side effects or adverse pregnancy outcomes from the mrRNA vaccines - Learn more
- Among those fully vaccinated in New Jersey, COVID-19 vaccines are 99.92% effective at preventing COVID-19 infection, 99.998% effective against hospitalization and 99.9993% effective against COVID-19 related deaths - Learn more
- A study by HMH CDI found just 138 COVID-19 positive cases among 26,000 vaccinated health care workers. None became seriously ill - Learn more
- Nationally, mRNA vaccines reduce the risk of COVID infection by 91% for the fully vaccinated - Learn more
Delay in completing the vaccine series means that you will likely remain vulnerable to COVID-19 infection. You will not get the boost in immunity until you receive the second shot. However, you should reschedule your second dose at the earliest opportunity.
We administer all four vaccine types (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J Janssen and Novavax) depending on location and availability of supply. All four vaccines are very effective against preventing symptomatic or severe COVID infections.
If you are not feeling well, it is recommended that you wait until you are feeling better to get the vaccine. If you have scheduled an appointment to receive the vaccine and are not feeling well on the day of vaccination, it is best to reschedule the vaccine.
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine, at the same visit.
There is a potential for injection site reactions (redness, swelling and pain) as well as fever, fatigue, headache, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and/or joint pain. These are common reactions seen with other vaccines. If you experience common side effects from the vaccine it is still necessary to receive the second dose for the vaccine to be effective. If you receive any other side effects, contact your health care provider.
Yes. The CDC recommends people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.
No. Claims linking COVID-19 vaccines to infertility are unfounded and there is no evidence that any vaccines impact menstrual cycles or future fertility in women or men. In alignment with leading specialists, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, vaccination is recommended for all eligible people who may be considering future pregnancy - as well as women actively trying to conceive or undergoing fertility treatment.
While COVID-19 generally causes mild illness in children, some children do develop more severe illness such as pneumonia. After the infection, some will get the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) that requires hospitalization. Others may experience “long COVID” with symptoms that last for months, including extreme fatigue, “brain fog”, breathing problems and body aches. MIS-C and “long COVID” can happen after all types of COVID-19 illness, including after mild illness or no symptoms.
The vaccine can prevent infection and should decrease the risk of all complications from COVID-19.
You should not get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19, Moderna or J&J Janssen vaccine if you:
- had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine;
- had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of the vaccine
Yes, if you received any brand vaccine for your primary dose (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson or Novavax), you can receive the updated Omicron-specific booster as long as you are ages 12 and older and it has been at least 2 months since completing your primary dose.