The Morris County Regional Vaccination Center is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments ONLY for:
- Paid or unpaid persons working or volunteering in a healthcare setting
- Residents of long-term care facilities and other congregate settings
- Frontline first responders
- Persons aged 65 and older
- Persons aged 16 to 64 years old who have at least one chronic medical condition that poses high-risk for severe COVID-19:
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions (e.g. heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies)
- Immunocompromised (weakened immune system) due to organ transplant (consult with your doctor)
- Obesity (e.g. body mass index of 30kg/m2 or higher)
- Pregnancy (consult with your doctor)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. You will not be permitted into the facility.
The Morris County Regional Vaccination Center is located at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall at 301 Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway, NJ (get directions to Rockaway Townsquare). When you arrive, park at the former Sears building in the northern part of the mall. The vaccine center is located in the lower level of the building, closest to Macy’s and Raymour & Flanigan. Please use the outside entrance.
Important Vaccine Updates
Please read these important updates on the vaccine rollout. This will be updated regularly.
- To register for a vaccination appointment at the Morris County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center, go to: https://bit.ly/3onkSkC
- Effective, January 14, individuals 16-64 with certain medical conditions, as defined by the CDC, and individuals 65+ are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey. These individuals join health care workers, individuals in high-risk congregate care settings, and first responders as eligible.
- The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for persons 16 years of age and older under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization, however the Moderna vaccine is recommended for individuals 18 years and older. Not all sites administer both vaccines, so it is important to check with your vaccination site before scheduling a visit to ensure you are eligible.
- The Morris County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center is switching to Pfizer as of Jan. 15, 2021. Important to note: The vaccine may change again, depending on what is made available to the center.
- Individuals who are pregnant and those in an immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant are also eligible but should follow CDC guidance and first discuss vaccination with their medical provider before receiving the vaccine.
- Smoking is included as a risk factor on the CDC list of high risk conditions and individuals 16-64 with a smoking addiction are now eligible for the vaccine. Smoking put individuals at higher risk for more severe disease. If an individual who smokes get COVID, they face a significantly high risk for severe complications, mechanical ventilation, and death. Our goal is to save as many lives as possible and to promote vaccination among the groups at highest risk. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the US as well as in NJ (except for COVID-19). We encourage anyone who smokes to quit, and to seek support through our Quitline at www.njquitline.org
- Vaccinations are available to individuals who live, work, or are being educated in New Jersey. So some individuals who are not NJ residents may be vaccinated in this State. Some county-operated sites may restrict vaccination at their locations to those who work, live, or are being educated in their county. However, the State encourages all vaccination sites to make appointments available to all eligible individuals.
- Residents of group homes and long-term care facilities are currently eligible for a vaccine and permitted to schedule an appointment at an open vaccine location.
- An announcement regarding the remainder of essential workers and individuals at high risk who will be eligible under Phase 1B and Phase 1C will be forthcoming.
- The movement between vaccination eligibility phases is fluid. One phase may overlap with another- not all individuals in one phase will be vaccinated before opening to additional groups.
- Information about the number of doses administered in the State and demographic information can be found on the COVID Dashboard.
- The State of New Jersey will open a consumer call center to assist individuals without internet access in scheduling appointments, and will assist in answering general inquiries and questions.
- The vaccination of individuals in high-risk, congregate care settings such as nursing homes, assisted living residences, IDD group homes, etc. is expected to take weeks. Doses for these settings have already been reserved in the State’s allocation. These efforts are primarily driven by the Federal Pharmacy Partnership LTC program (Walgreens/CVS) who is prioritizing vaccination in skilled nursing facilities/nursing homes and assisted living residences first. Those in other congregate care settings are a priority but may not have been contacted by the pharmacy program or DOH on their status yet.
- Health care workers eligible in Phase 1A include paid and unpaid persons working in health care settings who have the potential for exposure to infectious material – regardless of their employment status, professional credentials, or the setting where care is provided. There is no exhaustive list of each eligible health care worker-this was intentionally broad so the State does not exclude anyone who should otherwise be eligible.
- Individuals who are providing paid or unpaid health care services, like essential caregivers (i.e. a daughter caring for her elderly mother with severe neurological disorder in her home instead of her mother receiving care in a nursing facility) are currently eligible for the vaccine as health care workers.
- COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to individuals regardless of insurance coverage status. Individuals won’t pay coinsurance, deductibles, or copayments. Providers that administer vaccinations to patients without health insurance or whose insurance does not provide coverage of vaccination administration fees may not charge enrollees directly for any vaccine administration costs.
- All members of the public can be directed to the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub, covid19.nj.gov, for information about vaccination eligibility and how to make an appointment.
New Jersey is rolling out the vaccines in a phased approach until large quantities of vaccines become readily available. At this time, we are vaccinating those identified above. Learn more about Vaccination Phases.
You will not be able to receive this vaccine if you have any of the following:
- If you have experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours:
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell,
- Sore throat,
- Congestion or runny nose,
- Nausea or vomiting
- If, within the past 14 days, you have been in close physical contact (six feet or closer for a cumulative total of 15 minutes) with someone who has laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms.
- If you are isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19.
- If you are currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test.
There will be no charges or co-pays to the vaccine recipient. As authorized, insurance providers will be billed for vaccine administration. For those without insurance, vaccination is free of charge.
- Bring a form of ID to verify that you are a part of the phased priority group.
- YOU MUST WEAR A MASK WHEN ENTERING THE BUILDING.
To register for a vaccine at the Morris County Regional Vaccination Center at the Rockaway Townsquare, please visit https://atlantichealth.org/covidvaccine.