COVID-19 Information & News

COVID-19 Testing

Free at-home test kits:  

Princeton Health Department has received a new shipment of at-home COVID-19 test kits provided by Mercer County. Because of the popularity of these test kits, Princeton residents will be limited to two test kits per household. These kits will be available at Princeton Health Department (1 Monument Drive) from 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday while supplies last. For after-hours pickup please email: healthdepartment@princetonnj.gov. Other sites where residents can order free COVID-19 test kits are linked below. 

  • Free, at-home COVID-19 saliva PCR tests are available to every New Jerseyan. Order your test by visiting learn.vaulthealth.com/nj.
  • Free, at-home rapid antigen tests are available from the federal government. Order one set of 4 free at-home tests from special.usps.com/testkits.

For more information on what to do with your test kit results, or for guidance on how to administer the test, please visit the CDC’s website.

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Princeton Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics      

  • Wednesday, October 12, Monument Hall, 1 Monument Drive, 10 am - 12 pm, Infant Clinic, This clinic is a walk-in clinic that will provide only COVID-19 vaccinations for the 6-month - 4-year-old age group.
  • Thursday, November 3, La Mexicana, 150 Witherspoon Street, 5 pm - 7 pm, Bivalent Booster clinic- this clinic will be for the bivalent booster. This is a walk-in clinic. 
  • Thursday, December 1, Stone Hill Church, 1025 Bunn Drive, 11- 1 pm, Bivalent Booster clinic- this clinic will be for the bivalent booster.  Appointments can be made through NJ Vaccine Scheduling System - if you have difficulties making an appointment,  Princeton Health Department vaccine clinics always accept walk-ins.  

All individuals aged 6 months and older are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Find an appointment using the State's Vaccine Appointment Finder. Same-day appointments are available at various locations. Vaccines are free regardless of your health insurance status or citizenship. If you have any questions about boosters or upcoming Princeton Health Department clinics please email Julie Venema, jvenema@princetonnj.gov.   

Updated COVID-19 Booster Information

Bivalent Booster Vaccines (ages 5+)

Both Pfizer and Moderna have released their bivalent booster doses. These vaccinations include components to help protect against COVID-19 variants. Any clinics after 9/1/22 will only offer the bivalent booster. As of 10/12/22, Pfizer and Moderna have been approved for bivalent booster doses for ages 5-11 and 6-11, respectively. PHD is currently awaiting the shipment of these pediatric booster doses.

  • Pfizer Bivalent Booster-  Approved for those 5 years and up. Individuals are eligible for this single dose booster vaccination 2 months+ after their primary vaccine series OR their most recent booster of the monovalent COVID-19 vaccine (original booster dose) 
  • Moderna Bivalent Booster- Approved for those 6 years and up. Individuals are eligible for this single dose booster vaccination 2 months+ after their primary vaccine series OR their most recent booster of the monovalent COVID-19 vaccine (original booster dose)

COVID-19 Cases in Mercer County

Beginning spring of 2022, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) began utilizing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) county COVID-19 levels to better mitigate COVID-19 cases. These levels suggest strategies to reduce the impact of COVID-19 cases. To see current levels/cases in Mercer County, please visit the CDC COVID-19 by County or the NJDOH COVID-19 Dashboard. Princeton Health Department continues to track COVID-19 cases occurring within the municipality in order to monitor local transmission levels.