All New Jersey COVID-19 vaccine megasites begin offering walk-in appointments
All six of New Jersey's COVID-19 vaccine megasites are now offering walk-in appointments.
Vaccination appointments have dropped off in recent days. The Edison site used to be packed with people, and now the parking lot is mostly empty.
While 2.9 million people in New Jersey have been fully vaccinated, this change is taking place because not as many people are getting the shot.
"The process for me personally was extremely smooth,” says Jake Keszthelyi, of Rockaway. “They very quickly accommodated me. It was really, really nice. I would have to say that for anybody that doesn't have appointment, the walk-in is a fine awesome option, and I think it's also very important and good to integrate as an option because we really do want to cover the gap of people that haven't been given the vaccine yet."
It is believed that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause brought on some vaccine hesitancy among some people.
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Gov. Phil Murphy says that he still expects New Jersey to reach herd immunity statewide as planned.
"It is our expectation that we will get to that 70% initial phase – adults getting vaccinated – by the end of June," he said.
The hope is that the walk-in system will make it easier for people who are reluctant to get the vaccine or those who had trouble finding appointments.
Every site’s walk-in hours are slightly different. Atlantic City is taking walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bergen County from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Burlington County from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gloucester County from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Middlesex County from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Morris County from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The sites are also taking traditional appointments as well.