*UPDATE - Booster doses (PDF) are now available for ages 12+ with the revised bivalent version.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub or call 2-1-1.
Appointments are now available for children aged 6-months to four years old. Learn more about the Division's PeeWee Vaccination Clinics (PDF). Additionally, you may check with your Pediatrician's office for vaccine availability or visit one of these locations offering the PeeWee vaccine (PDF).
- What Is COVID-19?
- How to Protect Yourself and Others
- Getting Tested
- Vaccine Information
- Additional Information
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 15,000 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.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. CDC will continue to update the public as circumstances warrant. The information on this page is from the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). For more information on COVID-19, please visit www.cdc.gov/covid19 or https://covid19.nj.gov/index.html
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
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
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
- Order no-cost home testing for NJ residents
- Free PCR testing for all (regardless of insurance or citizenship status) – Olden Pharmacy is a participating location in Hamilton, NJ
About the COVID-19 Vaccine:
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine are the current products available. Data from the manufacturers and clinical trials have shown all vaccines to be safe and effective. The mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) are the preferred products by the FDA and CDC. Please visit the following links for more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, including eligibility, safety, and FAQs:
- NJDOH: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine:
All New Jersey residents ages 6 months and up can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Many clinics and vaccine providers are now accepting walk-ins or same day appointments. There are several vaccination sites throughout the state. To find a vaccine appointment near you please click here. Upcoming local clinics will also be posted on the Township website under “Meetings & Events” https://hamiltonnj.com/
The Hamilton Township Division of Health can assist Hamilton residents with the following:
- Locating a local vaccine appointment or clinic for any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
- Scheduling a home visit for the COVID-19 vaccine
- Answering questions about the vaccine and providing referrals
- Scheduling community pop-up vaccine clinics at your organization, workplace or neighborhood in Hamilton Township
Contact Information for the Hamilton Township Division of Health:
- Phone: 609-890-3884 or 609-890-3825
- Email: email@example.com
All residents may also schedule an appointment for the vaccine using the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS):
- NJVSS: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/
- NJVSS Call Center: 855-568-0545 (live operators available from 8 am-8 pm)
Need a Ride to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine?
- Call 2-1-1 to schedule a Free or Discounted Lyft Ride to and from your vaccine appointment
Being “up to date” with COVID-19 Vaccines:
- You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines if you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC.
For more information on being up to date with COVID-19 vaccines click here!
COVID-19 Vaccines for Young Children:
All children ages 6 months and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The current products available include:
- Pfizer vaccine for children 6 months to 4 years. This is a three (3) dose vaccine. Doses one and two are separated by 3-8 weeks. Dose three is given 8 weeks after dose two.
- Moderna vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years. This is a two (2) dose vaccine. Dose two is given between 4-8 weeks after dose one.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccines for young children please click here!
COVID-19 Vaccines for People who are Immunocompromised:
People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may have weakened immune systems and are at-risk for experiencing severe COVID-19 illness.
Vaccination recommendations for this group of people differ:
- For this group of people, their primary series includes an additional dose (3 doses). Please click here for more information on the timing of the additional dose and booster dose recomendations for immunocompromised individuals.
People who are severely or moderately immunocompromised includes people who have:
- Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection
- Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
If you or your child are immunocompromised inform your vaccine provider. If you are unsure if you are immunocompromised talk to your healthcare provider.
COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER DOSES:
Booster doses are currently available for everyone ages 5+.
- People ages 5 years to 11 years are currently recommended to get the original (monovalent) booster, at least 5 months after completing their primary series.
- People ages 12 years and older are recommended to receive one updated Pfizer or Moderna (bivalent) booster.
- This includes people who have received all primary series doses and people who have previously received one or more original (monovalent) boosters.
- At this time, people aged 12 years to 17 years can only receive the updated Pfizer bivalent booster.
- Timing of the updated (bivalent) booster: at least 2 months from your last vaccine dose (either primary series or a previous monovalent booster dose)
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters.
View the COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule here!
What is the updated (bivalent) booster:
- The updated (bivalent) booster contains components to protect against the original virus strain and the Omicron variant. Omicron is currently the most common variant circulating in NJ. For more information please click here.
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 Bivalent Booster Vaccine Fact Sheet (for ages 12+): (English)
Pfizer-BioNTech Pediatric (6 months to 4 yrs): (English)
Moderna Vaccine Fact Sheet (6-11): (English)
Moderna Fact Sheet (6 months to 5 years): (English)
Moderna Bivalent Booster Fact Sheet (18+): (English)
Novavax Fact Sheet (12+): (English)
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 was last updated on September 9, 2022