The Coronavirus (COVID-19)
New Jersey's COVID-19 Information Hub answers your questions about COVID-19 and offers fast links for commonly requested information.
COVID-19 Vaccination & Boosters
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. CDC recommends the primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone ages 6 months and older. Updated Bivalent Pfizer and Moderna boosters that offers stronger protections against severe illness and death from the Omicron variant are now available for everyone ages 6 months and older. The CDC offers additional guidance for those who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.
- Using the NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder for walk-in sites or to make appointments.
- Attending a local pop-up vaccination event.
- Calling the special Senior (65+) Hotline for vaccination by dialing 855-429-1168.
- Requesting in-home vaccination by calling 855-568-0545 or by completing the form online (Spanish form). This is only available to those who are homebound.
After receiving your vaccination, the Docket app, from the NJ Department of Health, will help you keep you and your family’s COVID-19 vaccination records securely at your fingertips.
If you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or if you have participated in a high-risk activity, you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should be tested. Everyone is eligible for COVID-19 testing regardless of immigration or insurance status.
Testing is available to everyone in New Jersey.
Home test kits for COVID-19 are widely available in local stores and pharmacies. Beginning September 25, households can again place an order to receive four free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home. Some insurers, like Medicaid, may still offer free at-home tests. Please check with your insurer for more information.
Here are resources to help you find COVID-19 testing:
The CDC maintains a website that allows you to find free testing near you.
- Pharmacies with testing and medications in the federal Test-to-Treat program
- Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) provide care for those who are uninsured and do not have the ability to pay. Please visit the FQHC Finder to contact the nearest FQHC to see how they may be able to assist you.
- Additional testing locations near you via Google Maps
- Your local health department may also be able to assist you in finding testing.
- What type of COVID-19 test you should get
Next Steps After Testing
Follow instructions from your testing site to receive your testing results. If you test positive for COVID-19, you should follow the most up-to-date guidelines from the State of New Jersey. You may also be contacted by a contact tracer from the State of New Jersey with additional information. You should notify anyone you have had close contact with that they may have been exposed.
Current News from State Officials
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
Have your medical-related questions about COVID-19 answered by a healthcare professional by calling the Coronavirus Hotline at the New Jersey Poison Control Center at 800-962-1253. The hotline is available 24/7 and services are free and confidential. Information can be given in any language.
News and Resources for Personal Matters
Funeral Expenses - FEMA is providing up to $9,000 in funeral assistance to those who have lost family members to COVID-19 on or after January 20, 2020. To be eligible, 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 are accepted via the FEMA call center at 844-684-6333. The COVID-19 incident period will come to an end on May 11, 2023. FEMA will continue to provide funeral assistance until Sept. 30, 2025, to those who have lost loved ones due to this pandemic. Learn more about eligibility and the documentation needed.
Housing - To find out about programs that have been created or expanded to address housing concerns, visit our COVID-19 Housing page.
Legal Services - The Legal Services of New Jersey is available if you are seeking assistance with a civil legal matter. You may file an application online or contact them at 888-576-5529 (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Monthly newsletters published by this organization are always informational and focus on current topics of concern.
Mental Health - To find out about programs that address mental health concerns, visit our Mental Health page.