Press Release

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2021

It’s Easy to Get Free COVID-19 Tests and Vaccines in Union County

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Commissioners reminds residents that it is easy and convenient to make an appointment for free COVID-19 testing and vaccination in Union County.

“Free tests are available for any resident who is concerned about their exposure to COVID-19, and we continue to encourage everyone age 12 and up to get their free COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible,” said Commissioner Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “If you need help booking an appointment online, staff at the Union County COVID-19 Call Center can assist you.”

Union County’s free COVID-19 Test Center is available free of charge to all Union County residents who wish to be tested, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. A doctor’s note is not required. The Test Center is located in Downs Hall at the Kean University campus, at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union Township.

To make an appointment online at the Test Center, visit the Union County COVID-19 portal at ucnj.org/covid19. The online system is available on a 24/7 basis.

The Test Center is not a drive-through service; no car is needed. After booking an appointment, residents can walk, bike, take mass transit, or drive to the Kean University campus. Free parking is available on campus for those arriving by car. Follow the signs to walk from the parking lot to Downs Hall.

Union County also runs free COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Downs Hall, at the Dunn Sports Center in Elizabeth, and at Plainfield High School in Plainfield. In addition, the County’s mobile vaccination team visits local neighborhoods on a rotating basis. To book an appointment online for any of these sites, and to see a list of neighborhood locations, visit ucnj.org/covid19.

Any resident who needs help making an appointment for a COVID-19 test or vaccination can contact staff at the Union County COVID-19 Call Center for assistance, at 908-613-7829 during regular business hours.

Residents who are home bound or have difficulty leaving their home can call the Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resources at 1-888-280-8226 during regular business hours to inquire about their eligibility for a home visit from the Union County vaccination team.

To retrieve vaccine information in case of a lost or damaged vaccine card, download the free “Docket” app recommended by the New Jersey Department of Health. More information is available at ucnj.org/covid19/lost-your-covid-19-vaccination-card.

Residents can also request a copy of their vaccination records from the Department of Health Immunization Information System at njdeptofhealth.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portal.

The vaccines currently approved for use in the U.S. are Pfizer (ages 12 and older), Moderna (ages 18 and older), and Johnson & Johnson (ages 18 and older). Children and teens ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult to receive the Pfizer vaccine at Union County’s vaccination sites.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

 

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