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As of 9/11/2023 - the bivalent version of the COVID-19 vaccine is no longer authorized for use now that the updated monovalent version of the vaccine has been approved by the FDA. The updated vaccine is expected to be available at local pharmacies in the coming days. Please contact the Division of Health if you have additional questions.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub or call 2-1-1.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Updates Sept 2023 (PDF)
- Ending of the Public Health Emergency 2023 (PDF)
- COVID 19 Vaccine Registration Form (PDF)
- 6mo-5yr COVID 19 Vaccine Registration Form (PDF)
- Notice of Privacy (English) (PDF)
- COVID-19 Registro y Consentimiento de la Vacuna (PDF)
- 6mo-5yr COVID-19 Registro y Consentimiento de la Vacuna (PDF)
- Aviso de Praticas de Privadas (Espanol) (PDF)
- What Is COVID-19?
- How to Protect Yourself and Others
- Getting Tested
- Vaccine Information
- Additional Information
WHAT IS COVID-19:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which has now spread globally and across the United States. The virus has been named "SARS-CoV-2," and the disease it causes has been named "coronavirus disease 2019" (abbreviated "COVID-19"). The CDC considers COVID-19 to be a serious public health concern. COVID-19 is mainly spread through person to person contact, including being physically near (within 6 feet) someone with COVID-19. It is possible for those with COVID-19 that do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) to spread the virus to others. To date, there have been over 16,000 cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton Township.
The federal government has been working closely with state and local partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public health threat. Unprecedented, aggressive efforts have been taken to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of this virus.
SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19:
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and symptoms range from mild to severe. The CDC lists the following as common symptoms of COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- 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 you have these symptoms or have been in close contact (less than 6 feet away for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider or public health official.
If someone shows any emergency warning signs of COVID-19, please seek emergency medical care immediately and call 911. Emergency warning signs of COVID-19 may include:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM COVID-19:
NJDOH and CDC recommend these steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Getting vaccinated, everyone ages 6 months and up is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19
- Wear a mask in public to cover your nose and mouth (Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance)
- Maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others, avoid large crowds
- Wash your hands often using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and rub your hands until they feel dry
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands
- Stay home if you are sick and look out for symptoms of COVID-19
- If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or local health department and get tested
GETTING TESTED FOR COVID-19:
Testing for COVID-19 is important to help slow the spread of disease. Testing is available to all New Jersey residents, you do not need health insurance to get a test. The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) especially recommends testing if you:
- Have symptoms of COVID-19 (even if you are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection in the past 3 months)
- Have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and are not fully vaccinated or recently recovered.
- You were recently in a large gathering where social distancing was hard to maintain or a crowded indoor setting and are not fully vaccinated or recently recovered.
- You must travel and are not fully vaccinated, get a viral test 1-3 days before travel and 3-5 days after travel.
- NJDOH test site finder
- The Hamilton Township Division of Health has free COVID-19 test kits for residents. Residents may stop by the Division of Health (2100 Greenwood Ave) M-F 9am-4pm to pick up test kits. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please call ahead 609-890-3884.
NEW! As of 9/11/23 the bivalent COVID-19 vaccine formula is no longer authorized for use in the United States. For the upcoming fall and winter season there is a new updated COVID-19 vaccine! Read the FDA News Release here.
- The 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by ModernaTX Inc. and Pfizer Inc. has been updated to include a monovalent (single) component that corresponds to the Omicron variant XBB.1.5.
- Why was the vaccine updated?
- “The virus that causes COVID-19 is always changing, and protection from COVID-19 vaccines declines over time. Receiving an updated COVID-19 vaccine can restore protection and provide enhanced protection against the variants currently responsible for most infections and hospitalizations in the United States.” Read the full CDC media release here.
- The updated vaccines are FDA Approved for individuals ages 12+ and EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) Approved for individuals ages 6 months-11 years.
- Vaccination remains the best protection against hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
Eligibility and recommendations for the updated vaccine:
- Individuals 5 years of age and older regardless of previous vaccination are eligible to receive a single dose of an updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months since the last dose of any COVID-19 vaccine.
- Individuals 6 months through 4 years of age who have previously been vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible to receive one or two doses of an updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (timing and number of doses to administer depends on the previous COVID-19 vaccine received).
- Unvaccinated individuals 6 months through 4 years of age are eligible to receive three doses of the updated authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or two doses of the updated authorized Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine.
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may require additional doses. If this applies to you please discuss with your healthcare provider prior to getting vaccinated.
Commercialization of the COVID-19 Vaccine
- COVID-19 vaccines will transition from being purchased by the U.S. Government to public and private payers.
- This means health insurances will now cover the cost of the vaccine for most people at no out-of-pocket cost. This includes private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.
- No Health Insurance? Adults and children with no insurance can access vaccines at their local health department or a Bridge Program Provider at no out-of-pocket cost.
- Contact your health insurance provider if you have questions about coverage for this vaccine.
Where to get Vaccinated?
- Vaccines are expected to be available this fall at pharmacies and select healthcare providers, including CVS and Walgreens. Your health insurance information will be required when getting a COVID-19 vaccine this fall.
- Check with your local pharmacy prior to getting vaccinated, appointments may be required.
- Hamilton residents (ages 6 months and older) with no health insurance may contact the Hamilton Township Division of health to get vaccinated, 609-890-3884 or 609-890-3825.
- General questions? Contact the Hamilton Township Division of Health
- 609-890-3884 or 609-890-3825
- Insurance questions? Contact your insurance provider
- Personal medical questions? Contact your healthcare provider or child’s pediatrician
Information on Travel
Where to Find Additional Factsheets and Information Regarding COVID-19:
NJDOH Communicable Disease Service- Information for Communities and the General Public
Where to Find Additional Factsheets and Information Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines:
Manufacturer Vaccine Fact Sheets by Brand
Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Fact Sheets: Click Here
Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheets: Click Here
NJDOH Guidance for COVID-19 for Certain Populations:
COVID-19 Information for Schools (Child Care, K-12, Camps and Colleges/Universities)
Date of Update
This page last updated on 9/14/23