FEMA COVID-19 vaccine site at NJIT no longer taking walk-ins; appointments now required
The FEMA COVID-19 vaccine site at NJIT in Newark will no longer be taking walk-ins for vaccine doses. Those who wish to get the vaccine must make an appointment.
News 12 New Jersey was told that the site had about 6,000 appointments scheduled for Monday.
Walk-in service was available at the site over the weekend due to an abundance of vaccine doses. But once the line became overwhelming, it was decided to switch to appointments only.
Those scheduled to get the shots on Monday said that they were impressed with how smooth the process was.
“This is one of the most organized efficient operations I’ve ever seen,” says Mauro Minervini, of Jersey City.
Minervini works at Home Depot and says that getting the vaccine will help to ease some of his worries.
“It’s been very stressful. Every morning when I get up, I have that anxiety,” he says. “I mean, you know, when you go to work, you’re risking your life.”
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Carlos Cruz was one of the 6,000 who had appointments on Monday. He received his shot, along with his wife.
“It gives you peace of mind. In other words, I went for the shot, I feel like you can’t go wrong,” he says.
The goal is to vaccinate those living in Newark and the surrounding region. But as more doses are made available, News 12 found people from other areas of the state were also getting appointments.
The site is expected to serve 42,000 people a week for the next eight weeks. The site is open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Organizers say that it is not necessary to show up more than 15 minutes before an appointment.