COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters: Information for Bergen County Seniors in Bergen County, NJ
Why do you need a COVID-19 Vaccine?
Risks increases with age. The risk for severe illness with COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk.
Older adults are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19. Getting very sick means that older adults with COVID-19 might need hospitalization, intensive care or a ventilator to help them breathe or they might even die. The risk increases for people in their 50’s and increases in 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. People 85 and older are most likely to get very sick.
Other factors can also make you more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19, such as having certain underlying medical conditions. If you have an underlying medical condition, you should continue to follow your treatment plan, unless advised differently by your health care provider.
Protect yourself & others from getting COVID-19:
Older adults and those who live with, visit or provide care for them need to take steps to protect themselves from getting COVID-19.
Get vaccinated as soon as possible.
*COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing COVID-19 and are recommended for everyone 12 years of age and older.
*If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
To schedule an appointment, visit: http://www.BergenCovidVaccine.com
How to get a COVID-19 Vaccine: Information for Bergen County Services
*County of Bergen Vaccine Help Desk: For questions regarding vaccination appointments or to make a homebound vaccination request, please call Albert Ferrara at (201) 336-2707 or email HealthPromotion@co.bergen.nj.us.
*Bergen New Bridge Medical Center-Paramus: Schedule a vaccine appointment at http://www.bergencovidvaccine.com.
*NJ COVID Vaccine Finder: for all other New Jersey locations: htttps://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder
*NJ Senior Vaccine Hotline: Call 1-855-429-1168: if you are 65 or older, you can call a special senior hotline from 8:00am-8:00pm for vaccination scheduling.
*Bergen County Community Transportation-Call (201) 368-5955: Bergen County Community Transportation provides free rides to vaccination appointments. Call (201) 368-5955 to schedule your ride.
*NJ Homebound Vaccine Request-Call 1-855-568-0545:
If you are unable to leave the home to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or are the healthcare provider or family caregiver of someone who is homebound, you may request an in-home vaccination appointment by completing a form at covid19.nj.gov/homeboundvax (English) or covid19.nj.gov/homeboundvaxes (Spanish). For assistance completing the form by phone, please call the NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 1-855-568-0545.
After you submit the completed form, the NJ Department of Health will share information with a home health agency, local health department or other vaccination providers and you will be contacted to schedule an in-home vaccination appointment.
If there are any unvaccinated household or family members in need of vaccination, vaccine providers will also do their best to schedule vaccination for caregivers and other members of the household of housebound person(s). Please confirm this need in the online form.
Some home health agencies are currently vaccinating patients-if you are currently receiving services from a home health care agency you should also inquire with your provider about vaccination options.
NJ Vaccine Call Center-call 1-855-568-0545:
The Vaccine Call Center (1-855-568-0545) is available to register individuals in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, answer questions about the vaccine, provide contact information for sites, check registration status and update registration information. The hotline is open from 8:00am-8:00pm every day and can help callers in more than 240 different languages.
Vaccine Cost: FREE
There are no out of pocket costs for the vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines will be made available to individuals regardless of insurance coverage status. Individuals won’t pay coinsurance, deductibles or co-payments.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the Bergen County New Jersey Department of Senior Services pamphlet and I give them full credit for the information. Please call the numbers or email them through their website for more information on this.