Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 26, 2021

Free COVID-19 Booster Shots are Available through Union County’s Vaccination Program

Union County residents urged to get their free booster shots as soon as possible.

Union County, NJ – Union County residents who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot can receive one free of charge through Union County’s free COVID-19 vaccination program.

“We strongly encourage vaccinated residents to get the recommended COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they are eligible, in order to continue protecting themselves against this devastating virus,” said Commissioner Board Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We will continue to devote all available resources in Union County and work with our state partners towards the goal of providing booster shots to every eligible resident. With four million residents eligible for booster shots statewide that is a massive undertaking and we are determined to do our part.”

“The Commissioner Board is committed to empowering Union County residents by making vaccinations and boosters available as soon as possible,” said Commissioner Sergio Granados, who is Chair of the Commissioner Board’s Public Safety Committee. “The New Jersey Department of Health aims to fully vaccinate 85 percent of the population by year’s end, and we will be increasing our outreach in the coming weeks to help meet that goal.”

Currently, 73 percent of Union County’s eligible population is fully vaccinated.

Residents can check their eligibility for a booster shot online at ucnj.org/covid19/covid-19-pfizer-booster-dose.

To make an appointment for a booster shot through Union County’s free COVID-19 vaccination program, visit ucnj.org/covid19/vax.

Currently, free booster shots for the Moderna vaccine are available at the Union County vaccination clinic located on the campus of Kean University in Union Township.

Free booster shots for the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at the Union County vaccination clinic located at the Warinanco Sports Center in Roselle.

Union County’s mobile clinics will be offering booster shots for all three vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

The mobile clinics will be visiting the following locations in the coming weeks:

Wednesday, October 27, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA

1340 Martine Avenue

Seasonal flu shots will also be available at this event.

 

Saturday, October 30, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue

COVID-19 emergency food supplies will be distributed at this event.

 

Sunday, November 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Heard AME Church

310 E 8th Street, Roselle

 

Wednesday, November 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Casano Community Center

314 Chestnut Street

Roselle Park  

 

Wednesday, November 10, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Senior Center

968 Bonnel Court

Union Township

 

Saturday, November 20, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue

COVID-19 emergency food supplies will be distributed at this event.

 

Sunday, November 21, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Gerald B. Green Plaza

200 West Second Street, Plainfield

COVID-19 emergency food supplies will be distributed at this event.

 

Saturday, December 4, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue

COVID-19 emergency food supplies will be distributed at this event.

 

Saturday, December 18, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue

COVID-19 emergency food supplies will be distributed at this event.

 

Sunday, December 19, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Gerald B. Green Plaza

200 West Second Street, Plainfield

COVID-19 emergency food supplies will be distributed at this event.

 

Union County residents in need of a free COVID-19 test can get one at any of the mobile vaccination sites. Union County also provides free COVID-19 tests at the Kean University campus in Union Township and Gerald B. Green Plaza in Plainfield. For more information visit ucnj.org/covid19/covid-19-testing-options.

Residents who are not yet vaccinated are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The COVID-19 virus and its variants are still actively circulating throughout New Jersey and elsewhere, exposing unvaccinated Union County residents to additional risks.

Vaccination has proven to significantly reduce the risk of death from COVID-19, as well as reducing the risk of permanent, long term health impacts and avoiding the financial consequences of hospitalization and follow-up care.

Unvaccinated residents can get their free COVID-19 shots by setting up an account at ucnj.org/covid19/vax and making an appointment.

Please note that at the present time, Union County’s free vaccination program is offering the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to residents seeking their first or second shot. The Moderna vaccine is currently being offered only as a booster for vaccinated residents.

Vaccines and booster shots are also available on a walk-in basis at the Union County Immunization Clinic located at 40 Parker Road in Elizabeth, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please note that this clinic is available to income-eligible households.

Union County residents who are home-bound or have difficulty leaving the home can arrange for a home vaccination visit by contacting Union County’s service provider, Mobile Medical Services. Call 1-833-256-2478 during regular weekday business hours to speak with an operator, leave a voice message after hours to receive a callback, or email a callback request to vaccine@mmst.io. Messages are returned on the following business day.

For additional assistance in making an appointment for a booster shot or vaccination, contact the Union County Vaccine Call Center at 908-613-7VAX (7829), weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Residents seeking to use Union County’s free COVID-19 testing program at Downs Hall on the Kean University campus are advised that no testing will be conducted on Veterans Day, Thursday November 11, due to the holiday. Instead, testing will be available on Friday, November 12 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Also, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no testing at Downs Hall on Thursday, November 25. Instead, testing will be available on Wednesday, November 24, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, 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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