Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can I find out more information about COVID-19 vaccine?

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit:

Who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Please see the following link for New Jersey's policies & procedures for determining eligibility.

New Jersey - Vaccine Distribution Phases

Does your site accept walk-in appointments?

No, vaccinations will be given by appointment only. You will not be able to enter the vaccination facility without an appointment.

I had COVID or tested positive for antibodies. Do I still benefit from the vaccine?

Yes, the CDC recommends that even if you have had COVID or tested positive for antibodies, you should still receive the vaccine. This is because re-infection is possible and because of the severe health risks associated with COVID-19.

Patients with a recent positive COVID-19 test who HAVE NOT received any antibody therapy (either mAb therapy or convalescent plasma) are eligible for vaccination 10 days after initial COVID-19 test AND if all symptoms are resolved.

I had COVID and I received infusion therapy to reduce my symptoms. Should I get the vaccine?

Patients with a recent positive COVID-19 test who HAVE received antibody therapy (either mAb or convalescent plasma) are eligible for vaccination 90 days after receiving their mAb or convalescent plasma dose.

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

For more information, visit the CDC’s Safety of COVID-19 vaccines and CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ’s.

Can I contract COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No, you cannot contract COVID-19 from the vaccine. However, some of the side effects are similar to the symptoms of COVID.

What are the potential side effects of the vaccine?

Common side effects for both vaccines include fever, fatigue, headache, chills and muscle and/or joint aches and pain in addition to redness and swelling at the vaccination site. Side effects are normal and indicate that you are building protection.

Can children get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Minors under the age of 18 are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine at St. Joseph’s Health.