Information on vaccines

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the Hoboken Health Department continue to work with the State of New Jersey and Hudson County to roll-out the COVID-19 vaccine utilizing guidelines issued by the State of New Jersey. Please see below for additional information on vaccine eligibility.

Hoboken has partnered with Riverside Medical Group and the Hoboken University Medical Center to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible groups, along with additional vaccine options through Hudson County at their site in Kearny. Hoboken residents are also eligible to receive the vaccine through the State's vaccine sites throughout New Jersey.

State of New Jersey

(various locations in New Jersey)

The State of New Jersey offers a number of mega-sites and other locations with vaccine supply for eligible populations. Hoboken residents who are eligible and able to travel are encouraged to monitor the State's website for available appointments, given the current limited supply in Hoboken.

Hudson County

Hudson County, USS Juneau Center (110 Hackensack Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032)

Hudson County is currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations to all eligible groups and residents of Hudson County.

Sign-up to register with Hudson County by visiting http://hudsoncovidvax.org/

Hoboken Health Department and Riverside Medical Group

Hoboken University Medical Center (Clinton Street between 3rd Street and 4th Street)

Riverside Medical Group (1111 Hudson Street)

The Hoboken Health Department and Riverside Medical Group are currently pre-registering Hoboken residents who meet eligibility requirements. Once on the pre-registration list, the Hoboken Health Department or Riverside staff will reach out to schedule an appointment, when supply is available. Riverside will work off the City of Hoboken's pre-registration list.

Seniors or family members of seniors can also call the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at 201-420-5621 to schedule an appointment. If calling after hours, please leave a message with the senior's name, phone number and address.

The Hoboken Health Department is currently offering the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccine FAQs

Who is eligible for vaccination at this time?

Currently, vaccines are available to the following groups (more details, including exactly who qualifies in these categories can be found below):

  • Individuals age 65+
  • Individuals age 16-64 with certain medical conditions
  • Childcare workers in licensed and registered settings
  • Clergy
  • Educators and staff, pre-K to 12
  • Eldercare and support workers
  • Elections personnel
  • First responders
  • Healthcare workers
  • Hospitality workers
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in shelters
  • Judicial system workers
  • Long-term care and high-risk congregate care facility residents and staff
  • Medical supply chain employees
  • Members of tribal communities
  • Migrant farm workers
  • Postal and shipping service workers
  • Public safety workers
  • Social service workers and support staff
  • Transportation workers
  • Warehousing and logistics workers

Upcoming Eligibility Changes:

Beginning April 5th, individuals aged 55 and older, additional frontline essential workers, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities 16 and over, detailed below, will be eligible to book appointments.

More Details About Who Is In Each Category

Healthcare Personnel (Phase 1A)

Paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials, including, but not limited to:

  • Licensed healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists
  • Staff like receptionists, janitors, mortuary services, laboratory technicians
  • Consultants, per diem, and contractors who are not directly employed by the facility
  • Unpaid workers like health professional students, trainees, volunteers, and essential caregivers
  • Community health workers, doulas, and public health professionals like Medical Reserve Corps
  • Personnel with variable venues like EMS, paramedics, funeral staff, and autopsy workers
  • All workers in acute, pediatric, and behavioral health hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers
  • All workers in health facilities like psychiatric facilities, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and rehabs
  • All workers in clinic-based settings like urgent care clinics, dialysis centers, and family planning sites
  • All workers in long-term care settings like nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, and others
  • All workers in occupational-based healthcare settings like health clinics within workplaces, shelters, jails, colleges and universities, and K-12 schools
  • All workers in community-based healthcare settings like PACE and Adult Living Community Nursing
  • All workers in home-based settings like hospice, home care, and visiting nurse services
  • All workers in office-based healthcare settings like physician and dental offices
  • All workers in public health settings like local health departments, LINCS agencies, harm reduction centers, and medicinal marijuana programs
  • All workers in retail, independent, and institutional pharmacies
  • Other paid or unpaid people who work in a healthcare setting, who may have direct or indirect contact with infectious persons or materials, and who cannot work from home.

Long-Term Care Residents and Staff (Phase 1A)

All residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate care facilities, including:

  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Veterans homes
  • Assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and personal care homes
  • Group homes like residential care homes, adult family homes, adult foster homes, and intellectual and developmental disabilities group homes
  • HUD 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program residences
  • Institutional settings like psychiatric hospitals, correctional institutions, county jails, and juvenile detention facilities (for eligible minors, e.g. 16+ years of age may be eligible for Pfizer vaccine under the emergency use authorization)
  • Other vulnerable, congregate, long-term settings

First Responders (Phase 1B)

Sworn law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders, including:

  • New Jersey State Police troopers
  • Municipal and county police officers
  • Campus police officers
  • Detectives in prosecutors' offices and state agencies
  • State agency/authority law enforcement officers (e.g. State Park Police and Conservation Officers, Palisades Interstate Parkway Officers, Human Services police, and NJTransit police)
  • Investigator, Parole and Secured Facilities Officers
  • Aeronautical Operations Specialists
  • Sworn Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Special Agents
  • Bi-State law enforcement officers (e.g. Port Authority)
  • Court Security Officers
  • Paid and unpaid members of firefighting services (structural and wildland)
  • Paid and unpaid members of Search and Rescue Units including technical rescue units and HAZMAT teams
  • Paid and unpaid firefighters who provide emergency medical services
  • Paid and unpaid members of Industrial units that perform Fire, Rescue and HAZMAT services
  • Members of State Fire Marshal's Offices
  • Bi-State Fire Service Personnel (e.g. Port Authority)

Individuals at High Risk (Phase 1B)

Individuals aged 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that increase or might increase the risk of severe illness from the virus. These conditions include:

  • Asthma (moderate to severe)
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Hypertension or High Blood Pressure
  • Liver Disease
  • Neurologic conditions (e.g. dementia)
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Overweight (BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2)
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis (damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking/nicotine addiction
  • Thalassemia (type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Note: Individuals who are pregnant and those in an immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)are also eligible but should follow CDC guidance and first discuss vaccination with their medical provider before receiving the vaccine.

Educators and Childcare Workers (Phase 1B)

  • Paid and unpaid people working in pre-K through 12th grade settings, including teachers, staff, classroom aides, bus drivers, janitors, counselors, administration staff, cafeteria workers, and substitute teachers
  • Head Start and Early Head Start program staff
  • Any other paid or unpaid persons working in schools serving those pre-K to grade 12
  • Paid and unpaid people working in licensed or registered childcare settings, including center-based and family childcare providers

Transportation Workers (Phase 1B)

  • Public and local transportation workers, including bus, taxi, rideshare, and airport employees; NJ TRANSIT workers; and Motor Vehicle Commission staff

Additional Public Safety Workers (Phase 1B)

  • Public safety workers who are not sworn law enforcement or fire professionals, including probation officers and fire safety inspectors

Additional High-Risk Individuals (Phase 1B)

  • Migrant farm workers;
  • Members of tribal communities;
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in shelters, including domestic violence shelters.

Additional Frontline Essential Workers (Phase 1B)
Essential workers in the following sectors are eligible for vaccination:

  • Clergy
  • Eldercare and support workers
  • Elections personnel
  • Food production, agriculture, and food distribution workers
  • Hospitality workers
  • Judicial system workers
  • Medical supply chain workers
  • Postal and shipping service workers
  • Social service workers and support staff
  • Warehousing and logistics workers

Who is eligible for vaccination next?

Beginning, Monday, April 5, the following groups of individuals will be eligible for vaccination:

Individuals aged 55-64

Individuals 16 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities

  • Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas.

Workers in the following sectors:

  • Communications, IT, media, including communications infrastructure support (engineers, technicians) and members of the press
  • Laundry services, including workers in laundromats, laundry services, and dry cleaners
  • Real estate, building, and home services, including construction workers, code officials, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, property management, and maintenance workers
  • Retail financial institutions, including bank tellers, lending service, public accounting, and check cashing workers.
  • Sanitation, including workers providing disinfection and janitorial services for all essential facilities and modes of transportation; city sanitation workers; residential, commercial, and industrial solid and hazardous waste removal.
  • Utilities, including electrical generation and supply system, natural gas delivery, nuclear power plant, water supply, telephone, cable/fiber optical/broadband/cellular service workers
  • Higher Education, including educators and support staff
  • Librarians, including librarians and support staff at municipal, county, and state libraries (i.e. those not included in K-12 announcement)

Who determines when Hoboken moves to the next phases (1C and general population)?

Unlike the testing phase, where municipalities like Hoboken have almost full control over providers and facilities, the State of New Jersey is directing the majority of vaccination efforts through the State Department of Health. The State, based on factors such as availability of the vaccine and progress in the vaccination process, will make the decisions on moving to the next phases. The City of Hoboken, and other municipalities across the state are not allowed to transition to the next phase until permission is granted by the State of New Jersey.

What about seniors?

Recognizing that it can be difficult for some seniors to travel to various vaccine sites, the City has done outreach to seniors to reduce the inconvenience of getting a vaccine and provide additional information. Flyers were distributed with the sign-up information, along with direct sign-ups in senior buildings

Who will be administering vaccine distribution in Hoboken?

In addition to the Hoboken University Medical Center and Riverside Medical Group, the City is hopeful that it will have additional medical providers, such as Prompt MD, Medicine Man Pharmacy, and others that are currently approved by the State to administer the vaccine, to actually receive shipments of vaccines to administer. As of right now, these additional medical providers have not been yet been provided with a supply of vaccines. As availability expands in New Jersey, the City anticipates these additional medical providers will gain access and add to Hoboken’s vaccine supply. Mayor Bhalla and the City have been advocating with the State for these private providers to be provided with vaccines as soon as possible.

What is the City of Hoboken doing to help?

While the vaccine process is largely driven by the State of New Jersey, the State’s distribution infrastructure and medical providers, the City is doing what it can to help. Mayor Bhalla's administration has been in touch with both the State Department of Health, and with local partners across the City with facilities that could host vaccination distribution. Medical providers often times are limited on daily distribution based on limited office size, and the City plans to offer providers space in larger facilities to allow for more nurses and doctors to administer the vaccine. Additionally, the City has partnered with Riverside Medical Group to help streamline the sign-up process for Hoboken healthcare workers, and plans to work closely with them on logistics to maximize vaccine distribution during the 1B phase. The City anticipates Riverside to continue receiving vaccine supplies from the State during the 1B phase and beyond.

More information on vaccines

For more information on the vaccination process in New Jersey, visit the State’s vaccine website at https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine.