Important COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Important COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Posted on 12/24/2020
Important COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Download the COVID-Vaccine Overview brochure

Essex County is currently registering individuals in Group 1A for the COVID-19 vaccinations. If you are a healthcare worker or work in a healthcare setting visit, or call 973-877-8456 to register for an appointment.

Group 1A

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Other licensed or registered professionals
  • Community Health Workers
  • Promotoras
  • Home Health Aides
  • Visiting Nurses
  • Doulas
  • Health Educators
  • Essential Care Givers
  • EMS
  • Paramedics
  • Funeral Staff
  • Mortuary Staff
  • Autopsy Workers
  • Public Health Professionals

Those working at vaccination sites:

  • Trainees
  • Students
  • Volunteers
  • Vaccinating Site Staff
  • Contractors

Healthcare support staff including:

  • Facilities management
  • Security
  • Food Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Administrative Services
  • Human Resources
  • Reception
  • Language Services
  • IT
  • Laboratory
  • Other health care support areas

In addition to wearing a mask, washing our hands, social distancing and getting tested, we encourage residents to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. Our comprehensive plan provides vaccination centers that are convenient to all Essex County residents. We encourage everyone to get the vaccine.

Joseph N. DiVincenzo ,Jr.
Essex County Executive and the Board of County Commissioners

Vaccine Timeline

The first doses of the COVD-19 vaccine will be available in limited quantities on or about December 26. Essex County will be distributing the Moderna vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is a 2-dose vaccine; each dose is separated by approximately 28 days (4 weeks).

The vaccine will be administered according to the NJ State Department of Health’s guidelines in the following order:

  • Frontline healthcare workers (those who are regularly directly exposed to coronavirus) will be first to receive the vaccine.
  • As more doses become available, other critical populations will then receive vaccinations including, but not limited to, those living in group settings, high-risk adults, first responders, funeral home workers, education and child care workers, and other essential frontline workers.
  • After critical populations are vaccinated, vaccinations will be available for the general public.

For more information about the phased approach and priority groups, refer to this NJ Health Department document.

Vaccine Appointments & Information

  • To schedule a vaccine, you must make an appointment by calling 973-877-8456 or by visiting
  • Appointments are subject to availability of the vaccine. We will provide regular updates on vaccine availability status on
  • The vaccine requires two doses. When you sign-up, you will receive two appointments. It is critical that you attend both appointments.
  • Residents will be asked to provide their medical insurance information and their insurance provider will be billed. If a resident does not have insurance, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Provider Relief Fund. There will be no out-of-pocket expenses charged to residents.

Essex County Vaccination Centers

The five locations and the municipalities assigned to each of them are as follows:

  • Former Kmart building, 235 Prospect Avenue, West Orange: West Orange, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Montclair, Newark, Nutley and Verona.
  • Essex County College, 303 University Avenue, Newark (Gym entrance on West Market Street): Newark, East Orange and Irvington.
  • Essex County Donald M. Payne, Sr. School of Technology, 498-544 West Market Street, Newark: Newark, East Orange and Irvington.
  • Livingston Mall, former Sears building, 112 Eisenhower Parkway, Livingston (Entrance is in the back): Livingston, Belleville, Maplewood, Millburn, Newark, Orange and South Orange.
  • Essex County West Caldwell School of Technology, 620 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell: West Caldwell, Bloomfield, Caldwell, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Newark, North Caldwell and Roseland.

Updates will be provided as they become available.