COVID Vaccine and FAQs

Click below to visit the New Jersey Department of Health COVID Vaccine Support Page:

COVID-19 Vaccine Support



COVID-19 Vaccine Overview:

AFC Urgent Care Aberdeen wants to ensure patients have access to the appropriate resources so they can be vaccinated.

Due to the limited supply of the vaccine, only those within specific groups may be eligible for the vaccine at this time. We encourage you to visit the New Jersey Department of Health’s overview on vaccination phases to see if you’re eligible. 

If you are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine at this time, please use the button above to learn more about the vaccine, phases, safety questions, and more: 

COVID-19 Vaccine - New Jersey Phases:

Latest Expansion Phases

As of Mon March 29th the below groups were added to those eligible for vaccination.
The people who can schedule a vaccine in New Jersey starting Monday March 29th  include: 

  • Food production, agriculture, and food distribution;
  • Eldercare and support
  • Warehousing and logistics
  • Social services support staff
  • Elections personnel
  • Hospitality
  • Medical supply chain
  • Postal and shipping services
  • Clergy
  • Judicial system

The second expansion will be on Mon April 5th and will include the following groups:

  • Individuals ages 55-64;
  • Individuals ages 16 and up with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
  • Educators, including support staff, in higher education settings;
  • Communications infrastructure support, including engineers, and technicians, and members of the press;
  • Real estate, building, and home service workers, including construction workers, code officials, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, property management, and maintenance workers;
  • Retail financial institution workers, including bank tellers, lending services, public accounting, and check-cashing workers;
  • Sanitation workers providing disinfection and janitorial services, city sanitation workers; residential, commercial, and industrial solid and hazardous waste removal workers;
  • Laundry service workers, including those working in laundromats, laundry services, and dry cleaners;
  • Utility workers including, electrical generation and supply system, natural gas delivery, nuclear power plant, water supply, telephone, cable/fiber/optical/broadband/cellular service workers; and,
  • Librarians and support staff at municipal, county, and state libraries.

Available Info:

Expansion Phase

(March 15th 2021)

Beginning on March 15th, public transit workers will be eligible for the vaccine, based on new state adjustments to vaccination procedures. NJ Transit workers, Motor Vehicle Commission staff, migrant farmers, and individuals at risk for socioeconomic need including homeless and shelter residents. 

Additionally, the state is allowing frontline essential workers to qualify for public vaccination including:
  • Food production, agriculture, and food distribution workers
  • Eldercare and support counselors/workers
  • Warehousing and logistics staff
  • Social services support staff
  • Elections personnel
  • Hospitality staff
  • Medical supply chain workers
  • Postal and shipping service workers
  • Clergy members
  • Judicial system employees

Current Phase

(February 2021– March 2021)

Listed in order of priority as per the NJ Department of Public Health
  • Paid and unpaid healthcare workers
  • Residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate care facilities
  • First responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals
  • Individuals aged over 65
  • Individuals aged 16-64 that have certain medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus
  • Pre-K to 12 educators and staff
  • Childcare workers in licensed and registered settings

Detailed Phase Groups

  • Healthcare Personnel Phase 1A:
    Paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients, which include are are not limited to: 
    • Licensed healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists
    • Staff like receptionists, janitors, mortuary services, laboratory technicians
    • Consultants, per diem, and contractors who are not directly employed by the facility
    • Unpaid workers like health professional students, trainees, volunteers, and essential caregivers
    • Community health workers, doulas, and public health professionals like Medical Reserve Corps
    • Personnel with variable venues like EMS, paramedics, funeral staff, and autopsy workers
    • All workers in acute, pediatric, and behavioral health hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers
    • All workers in health facilities like psychiatric facilities, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and rehabs

  • Long-Term Care Residents and Staff (Phase 1A): All residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate care facilities, including:
    • Skilled nursing facilities
    • Veterans homes
    • Assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and personal care homes
    • Group homes like residential care homes, adult family homes, adult foster homes, and intellectual and developmental disabilities group homes
    • HUD 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program residences
    • Institutional settings like psychiatric hospitals, correctional institutions, county jails, and juvenile detention facilities (for eligible minors, e.g. 16+ years of age may be eligible for Pfizer vaccine under the emergency use authorization)
    • Other vulnerable, congregate, long-term settings
    • First Responders, High-Risk Individuals, and Educators (Phase 1B) including (not limited to):
First Responders such as:
  • New Jersey State Police troopers
  • Municipal and county police officers
  • Campus police officers
  • Detectives in prosecutors’ offices and state agencies
High Risk Individuals with:
  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
Educators and Childcare Workers:
  • Educators, including support staff, in pre-K through 12th grade settings;
  • Childcare workers in licensed and registered settings

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs:

Q. When is the vaccine coming? 

A. The COVID-19 vaccine released in late 2020 for select groups and is now releasing in vaccination phases, as stated by the New Jersey Department of Health. Check to see if you qualify for vaccine sign up based on the current phase at this time by visiting the DOH’s website

Q. Who is eligible for the vaccine

A. Right now, patients that fall under phases 1 and 2 are eligible for the vaccine. Senior citizens 65 and older as well as healthcare workers, first responders, and educators are the first designated phase to recieve vaccination followed by select groups of essential workers. Patients 16-65 that have certain qualifying medical conditions are also eligible for the vaccine. Check to see if you fall under these categories before inquiring about registration. 

Q. What are the policies for seniors? 

A. Seniors are currently eligible to sign up for the vaccine on the sign up portal under phase 1 and phase 2 designation. Seniors that live in nursing homes or have multiple comorbidities are eligible for the vaccine as well. 

Q. Is the vaccine safe? 

A. The COVID-19 vaccine is the safest way to protect against the COVID virus. Misinformation on social media and other unverified sites can confuse patients, so it is important to consult with your local medical provider about vaccine safety. Vaccines are the most effective way for communities to build herd immunity against many viruses and diseases. 

Q. What do I need to do to get the vaccine

A. Patients need to sign up through the DOH’s online portal if they qualify based on the current vaccination phase. We encourage all potential users to carefully read through each vaccination phase, according to the New Jersey Department of Health guidelines, before inquiring about the vaccine.