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Latest Info on COVID-19, Vaccines, etc.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Updated April 2, 2021

Grocery Workers Now Eligible for Covid-19 Vaccinations: As previously reported, Local 1262 President Harvey Whille has been working closely with Governor Murphy to obtain COVID-19 vaccines for our members.  Thanks to that effort, grocery workers in New Jersey are now eligible for the vaccine.  Members who wish to receive the vaccine must schedule their own appointments.  To learn more visit www.covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.  NJ Transit has also launched a new program called VAXRIDE which provides information on mass transit options to vaccine locations. For more information, visit http://www.njtransit.com/vaxride.

Registration

Local 1262 would like to remind our members to register with their state to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.  Registration typically takes less than 15 minutes and you will need your insurance card.  Each state’s plan for administering the vaccine is a little bit different so please visit the following sites and register:

If you live in New Jersey visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine

If you live in New York visit http://www.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

If you live in Pennsylvania visit

 

Other Tips:

  • Due to the large number of people registering, you may encounter difficulties so please be patient and try the site again at a later time.
  • Once you are registered, you will be contacted by the state regarding appointments and other information.
  • Local 1262 understands your eagerness to have the COVID-19 vaccine made available to you and will continue to provide you with updates on the vaccination process.
  • Should you not have access to a computer or smart phone:
    • Reach out to family or friends to assist you in the registration process.
    • There are also many support groups such as NJ Vaccine Matchmakers, NJ Covid Vaccine Information, and Northern NJ Vaccine Angels assisting people on Facebook and other platforms.
    • Some counties and towns have specialized outreach programs, so you should also check with your county and town health departments.
    • If you are age 60 or over, check your county Office on the Aging which can be found on the following website: https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/home/saaaa.html

Vaccine Information Update from WebMD as of March 5, 2021

https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20201216/covid-19-vaccines-101-faq

 

National Council on Aging: Vaccine Fraud Prevention

 

CDC Guidelines for Masks as of February 22, 2021: How to Select, Wear and Clean

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html#:~:text=CDC%20recommends%20that%20people%20wear,be%20around%20other%20people.

 

CDC Guidelines as of March 8, 2021: Vaccinated People Can Gather Indoors Without Masks

https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/news/20210308/cdc–vaccinated-people-can-gather-indoors-without-masks

LATEST STATE UPDATES  Posted March 10, 2021

New Jersey

  • Governor Murphy’s recently announced that as more vaccine is becoming available, effective March 29th, Supermarket Workers will become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Members will be required to schedule their own appointment.
  • The NJ State Department of Health has established a dedicated call center for seniors 75 and older to assist in registering, scheduling and rescheduling the Covid 19 vaccine. The call center number is 856 249-7007.
  • ShopRite Pharmacy is currently booking COVID vaccine appointments and is pleased to offer the Janssen vaccine (commonly referred to as Johnson & Johnson) at 30 new locations throughout New Jersey.  https://vaccines.shoprite.com

 

New York

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning March 10, all New Yorkers 60 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine, while public facing essential workers from governmental and nonprofit entities will be eligible beginning March 17. This expansion also includes public-facing essential building services workers. (Grocery Store Workers are already eligible.)

 

Pennsylvania

  • Currently, we are in Phase 1A of Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout. Learn more about what each phase means.
  • Getting the Covid Vaccine: Use this guide to see if you are currently eligible for a COVID vaccine and to find out how to get one. If you have questions about the vaccination process in Pennsylvania, please call the Pennsylvania Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

https://www.pa.gov/guides/get-vaccinated/#Step1ChecktoSeeifYoureEligible

Updated Monday, Feb. 1, 2021

Local 1262 would like to remind our members to register with their state to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Each state’s plan for administering the vaccine is a little bit different so please visit the following sites and register.

If you live in New Jersey visit www.covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine.

If you live in New York visit http://www.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/

If you live in Pennsylvania visit http://www.health.pa.gov/

Registration typically takes less than 15 minutes and you will need your insurance card.

Due to the large number of people registering, you may encounter difficulties so please be patient and try the site again at a later time.

Once you are registered, you will be contacted by the state regarding appointments and other information.

Local 1262 understands your eagerness to have the COVID-19 vaccine made available to you and will continue to provide you with updates on the vaccination process.

8 Things to Know about the Covid 19 Vaccination Program

Vaccine Fraud Prevention

Rutgers Medical School Mask and Vaccine Update 1.27.2021

LATEST UPDATES

Posted Jan. 20, 2021

New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania have expanded their COVID-19 Vaccine eligibility to include those 65 and older and those ages 16 – 65 with compromised immune systems, as the federal government recommended. In the meantime, these states are reporting a severe shortage in their supplies of vaccines.  State government leaders contend the federal government is causing a bottleneck in shipments of vaccines.

New Jersey

  • COVID vaccine providers say they are running so low on doses that they can no longer take appointments from New Jersey residents just two days after Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration expanded eligibility to millions.
  • ShopRite, which began vaccinations at 39 locations statewide, said its appointments are booked for the foreseeable future and are telling customers to “check back at a later date.” “We are working hard to secure additional vaccine and open appointment availability,” reads the ShopRite website.
  • NJ Vaccine Info

New York

  • New York said in a since-deleted statement that available appointments to receive the Covid-19 vaccine were booked for the next 14 weeks.
  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that demand would outstrip supply.
  • NY State Vaccine Info

Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania has started to vaccinate against COVID-19 and is working to expand eligibility to more groups of people.
  • Supplies are extremely limited, so we must prioritize who gets vaccinated first — starting with those most at risk of catching COVID and experiencing complications.

Members can register on their county website and/or on their state website but it may take more than one attempt until supplies increase.