The Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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COVID-19 Pfizer Booster
As of September 24, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the administration of booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after completion of the primary series to help increase protection for the following:
- individuals 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot;
- individuals age 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot;
- individuals age 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
- individuals aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings, including healthcare workers, may receive a booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks.
The New Jersey Department of Health is directing vaccination partners in the state to begin administering booster doses to eligible individuals immediately. Individuals will self-identify according to the categories above and will not be required by vaccination providers to provide proof of a medical condition or a note from a medical provider in order to receive a booster dose. Read the press release here.
COVID-19 Third Dosage
As of August 13, 2021 the FDA & CDC have authorized a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals with moderately to severely compromised immune system who have received the first two does of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Learn more about the updates here. At this time, additional does are not recommended for those vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
If you do not know whether you are immunocompromised or if you should get an additional dose, ask your healthcare provider for guidance. Click here for additional information and to learn who is eligible.
Find out where, how, and when you can get vaccinated. The Newark Community Vaccination site is now open. For more information read the flyer. (English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese) If you need assistance in scheduling or have questions about the vaccine, please call 855-568-0545. Vaccines are given at no cost.
Attend a pop-up or mobile vaccination event.
The State is holding pop-up COVID-19 vaccination events, mobile vaccination clinics, and other events across New Jersey. No appointment needed.
Seniors needing assistance booking appointments can contact the State's senior hotline, 856-249-7007 to access reserved appointments.
Find transportation to vaccine locations here.
If you are homebound and unable to be transported to a vaccination site, complete this form to register your need. If you need assistance completing this, call 855-568-0545. Our state is actively using NJ Register Ready, (a system used to help people with disabilities during times of emergency) to contact people who may need assistance.
Docket is a new app from the NJ Department of Health that makes it easier for you and your family to securely access your COVID-19 vaccination record. If you don't have your vaccination card with you or have lost it, you can easily access your record through the app to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as needed. This app is available on the App Store or on Google Play.
Find out if you have unknowingly been exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Download the free COVID Alert NJ exposure notification app.
The NJ Department of Health website hosts the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard. Here you can find current statewide information about cases and trends, mortality summaries, hospital census, and discharges and contact tracing organized by regions and counties.
New Jersey's state COVID-19 website was created to answer questions about COVID-19 and offer fast links for commonly requested information.
See a listing of current Short-term Resources including food distribution events, delivery assistance, county services, financial aid, mental health support, and more. This list changes daily so check back often. If you have a resource you would like to add, send it to email@example.com.
Established Coronavirus Test Sites and Contact Tracing
Public testing sites are open and many other local private testing sites are too. Contact your healthcare professional to be directed to a location in your community. Our listing of short-term resources also includes local community organized testing sites. Individuals who are undocumented or uninsured are eligible for testing as well.
Next Steps After Testing:
- Getting your test results is dependent upon where you went for testing. New Jersey's COVID-19 website explains how best to access these results. Go to this page and click on the question: "I was tested for COVID-19. How do I get my results?"
- Here's what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 (Spanish version)
- Here's what to do if you test negative for COVID-19 (Spanish version)
- People are recovering! Follow basic guidelines as your health improves.
Once a person is known to have tested positive, it is essential that those whom they've been in contact with be notified. New Jersey now has close to 3,500 contact tracers who come from local communities in every part of the state and have been equipped with tools and resources to help you. Find out more here.
Current News from State Officials
October 13 - NJ Human Services Launches Excluded New Jerseyans Fund Website for Individuals Impacted by COVID-19 but Not Eligible for Other Pandemic-Related Help. Read the press release.
October 13 - Governor Murphy Announces Additional Partnership with NJ 211, Uber, and Lyft to Continue to Provide Rideshare Service to Residents Who Were Impacted by COVID-19 and Lost Transportation as a Result of Tropical Storm Ida. Read the press release.
October 13 - Murphy Administration Announces Additional Child Care Investments to Support Working Families, Child Care Workers, & Providers. Read the press release.
October 12 - ICYMI: DCA Notifies Households with Overdue Electric and Natural Gas Bills that Utility Relief Is Available. Read the press release.
October 8 - Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Addressing Duplications of Benefits in Expenditures of American Rescue Plan State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. Read the press release.
October 6 - $10.2 Million in CARES Act Funding to be Allocated to NJRA Small Business Lease – Emergency Assistance Grant Program. Read the press release.
September 30 - Murphy Administration Unveils Youth Mental Health One-Stop Resource Website. Read the press release.
Keep up with government actions being implemented to help the public by reading other press releases issued from the Governor's Office.
Call Line Opened to Answer Questions
Live assistance regarding COVID-19 information is available. To speak with a health care professional, call 1-800-962-1253 and for general information and resources for basic needs, dial 211.
News and Resources for Personal Matters
Economic Impact Payment/Stimulus Payment - The IRS and US Treasury began sending out the third round of stimulus payments on March 12, 2021. If you are a US citizen or US resident alien, you may be eligible. This payment will be transmitted to your bank account if you file your tax returns electronically or will be mailed to you if you file by mail. Learn more
Many people who do not normally file a tax return and don't receive federal benefits may qualify for the stimulus and may not realize it. This includes those without a permanent address, income, a job, or a bank account. People who don't meet the Social Security Number requirements can get the third round of stimulus payments for each qualifying dependent if those dependents have Social Security Numbers. To find out more information and eligibility requirements, click here.
The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund (ENJF) provides a one-time, direct cash benefit to eligible households who have suffered an economic hardship due to COVID-19 and were excluded from both the federal stimulus checks and COVID related unemployment assistance - including undocumented individuals, residents re-entering from the justice system, and any other individuals otherwise excluded. Applications for this program will be available soon. Click here for more information.
Advance Child Tax Credit - Advance Child Tax Credit payments are early payments from the IRS of 50 percent of the estimated amount of the Child Tax Credit that you may properly claim on your 2021 tax return during the 2022 tax filing season. If the IRS has processed your 2020 tax return or 2019 tax return, these monthly payments will be made starting in July and through December 2021, based on the information contained in that return. For each of your qualifying children age 5 or younger, you will receive up to $300 monthly, which is $1,800. For each of your qualifying children ages 6 to 17, you will receive up to $250 monthly, which is $1,500. Determine eligibility and learn more on their website.
Applying for assistance with basic needs - Our state has an online application and screening tool that can be used to find out if you are eligible for food assistance, cash assistance, and government health insurance. Learn about NJHelps.The DCAid website will allow you to go through a screening process to see if you are eligible for the NJ housing assistance programs, utility assistance, homelessness prevention services, and others.
Education - Currently, schools are required to provide in-person education as long as they can adhere to safety protocols mandated by the state. On May 17, 2021 Governor Murphy announced that schools will be required to provide full-time, in-person instruction beginning in Fall 2021. If buildings are open for in-person instruction, parents or guardians will not be able to opt-out of in-person learning. Remote learning will only be permitted in the event of a local outbreak or other emergency.
Food - To see if you are eligible for food assistance and to apply for NJ SNAP, go to NJHelps. SNAP recipients are now able to use their electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card for online grocery shopping at some locations.
From January 2021 to September 2021, all SNAP recipients will receive a 15% benefit increase. For the month of January, all households will also receive the maximum monthly benefit.
SNAP regulations have changed to make it easier for college students who need help to get food assistance during the pandemic. Learn more
Learn more about what is being done by our state to assist people in need.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that its program providing free breakfasts and lunches to children will continue through the 2021-22 school year until June 30, 2022. The Seamless Summer Option program (SSO) lets families pick up free food from their local school district, even if they do not qualify for free and reduced-price meals.
Funeral Expenses - FEMA is providing financial assistance to those who have lost family members to COVID-19 after January 20, 2020. The death must have occurred in the United States and/or its territories, must have been documented to be attributed to COVID-19, and the applicant must be a United States citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien. The deceased person does not have to be a citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien. Applications will begin to be accepted April 12, 2021 via the FEMA call center at 844-684-6333. To find out more about eligibility and documentation needed, click here. All submitted documentation must be done through Disaster Assistance. Watch a FEMA video.
Housing - To find out about programs that have been created or expanded to help homeowners, landlords, and renters who have been impacted by the pandemic, visit our COVID-19 Housing page.
Immigrant Access to Services - We want to make sure you and your family have access to affordable groceries and health care without fear. Here is a fact sheet to let you know what programs you can access. The new Public Charge final rule from the federal government may apply to you, and this quick guide can help you make informed decisions for your family.
Internet or Voice Service - Cable and telecommunications providers are now required to enroll customers with an already existing account in an interest free payment plan of at least 12 equal monthly installments, including the balance already due, prior to disconnecting the customers service. Additionally, for households with school-age children who need internet connectivity for remote learning, there is a moratorium on shut-offs due to nonpayment.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program that will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and $75 for eligible households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. To find out more information and how to apply, visit this link.
The Lifeline Program is a federal program that provides eligible low-income individuals with a free smartphone and free wireless phone service (free data, free monthly minutes and unlimited texting). A household is eligible if a member of the household participates in any of the following programs: NJ SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit and Tribal Programs; or has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. *Note that this is not the same as the State Lifeline Utility Assistance program.
Legal Services - The statewide system of Legal Services of New Jersey is open for business during regular hours as their staff continues to provide services remotely. If you are a client seeking assistance with a civil legal matter, you may file an application online or call their toll-free Hotline at 1.800.576.5529 (8:00am-5:30pm). Find contact information for your regional office here. Monthly newsletters published by this organization are always informational and focus on current topics of concern. Read the current issue and access their archives here.
Mental Health - Uncertainty and concern for our own health and livelihood, along with the well-being of those we love and our community at large, is a very stressful thing to live with. If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, grief, feeling overwhelmed, or you know someone who is suffering in this way, look to our mental health page for resources that can help. We've included many of New Jersey's helplines and hotlines (resources that will help you connect with people you can talk with about how you are feeling) as well as virtual support groups that are being held.
Motor Vehicle Services - The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has changed many processes and requirements. Most renewals, replacements, changes of address, and other transactions can be processed online. Learn more here.
Reentry Programs provide assistance to those returning to society after incarceration. Learn more.
Social Security Services - To find out what services are continuing and which ones are being suspended, how to contact your Social Security office, and important information about deadlines that are being extended in an effort to ease the burden on you and medical providers during this pandemic visit this page of their site.
Tax Refunds - Individuals can check the status of their tax refund using Where’s My Refund? tool or by calling 800-829-1954 for automated refund information.
Utilities - The moratorium on utility shut-offs will end on December 31, 2021. Learn about utility assistance programs in our state that may help you if you are struggling to pay your utility bills.
Employment Safeguards, Unemployment Benefits and Help for Businesses
On March 21, 2020 Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 107 which mandated that everything other than essential businesses be closed and that all but essential workers stay home. The impact that this had on personal and business finances cannot be overstated. Learn what is being done to help NJ residents and business owners.
As you return to work during New Jersey's restart and recovery, learn how you are protected at your job. Below, learn more about safety requirements, worker rights, New Jersey's reopening timeline, how to report safety violations, and more.
Salvation Army COVID-19 Needs Survey
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army is establishing a response to meet the longer term needs in your community. If you were impacted by COVID-19 and would be willing to assist in collecting information on community needs, please click on the survey link. The information gathered will be used to guide the Salvation Army in their statewide response to COVID-19.
Statewide Short-term Resources
Included in this section, we will post resources as we hear of them that are very temporary in nature. For all other long-term, active resources, please access our database to search. You will find a search bar at the top of every page and on our home page. Our resource database has over 10,000 programs and services that help people with basic needs like food, shelter, affordable housing, utility assistance, healthcare, and more.
Hotline for Diabetes Emergency Kit - The Diabetes Foundation has opened a hotline for individuals living with all types of diabetes to receive a free Emergency Backup Kit and other assistance in managing their disease. Anyone needing this can apply by visiting the Diabetes Foundation website or calling 973-849-5234.