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Posted on: May 13, 2021

Princeton COVID-19 Vaccine Update

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Update-May 13, 2021

Princeton University's vaccine clinics will be administering the Pfizer vaccine on the following dates and times. You must register through the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System. 

  • Friday, May 14, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  NEW
  • Tuesday, May 18, from 2 pm. to 7 p.m.  NEW
  • Wednesday, May 19, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  NEW
  • Friday, May 21, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  NEW
  • Thursday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, June 4 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  NEW
  • Tuesday, June 8 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  NEW
  • Wednesday, June 9 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  NEW
  • Friday, June 11 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  NEW

Limited walk-ups are also possible at these clinics. 

The University is also offering a first-come, first-serve clinic for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Caldwell Field House on Saturday, May 15 from 10 am-1 pm.  This vaccine is available to individuals age 18 and over. 

If you are receiving your first Pfizer dose at these clinics, you must be available to receive your 2nd dose in 3 weeks. The second dose appointment will be automatically scheduled for one of the times listed above.
If you already received your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, you can receive your second dose at one of these clinics. You must bring proof of partial vaccination. 

Vaccine Information:

All individuals over the age of 16 who live, work, or study in New Jersey are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To find an appointment use the State's Vaccine Appointment Finder Same day appointments available at some locations. 

Free or discounted transportation available to vaccine sites wherever Lyft is available. Call 2-1-1 to schedule a ride

5 Reasons to Get Vaccinated

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Social Media sites offering assistance with getting appointments:

If you are on Twitter follow @C19VaxxUpdates and @nj_vaccine for updates on when appointments are available throughout the state.
Facebook-Join the New Jersey Covid Vaccine Info group

Keep in mind the demand still outweighs the supply so please be patient. You are strongly encouraged to try to make a vaccine appointment through the individual portals offered by some of the vaccine sites, including the pharmacy sites such as CVSRiteAidWegmans, and ShopRite

Tips to help get a vaccine appointment at a pharmacy or other location: Check early in the morning. CVS and others open up their appointments early and they book up fast. Be patient and refresh your screen frequently. If you need to create an account, do so in advance and stay signed in. Even though insurance is not necessary, have your insurance information handy in case they are required. 

If you are currently on the Princeton waitlist and get your vaccine elsewhere, please email the Princeton Health Department to be removed from the waitlist.

Vaccine Efficacy

Authorized COVID-19 Vaccines Fact SheetVaccine Efficacy Comparison Chart (PNG)
NJ Vaccine Call Center for ages 65+

NJ has set up a call center for those over age 65 who need assistance scheduling vaccine appointments. Individuals can call a specific senior hotline, 856-249-7007 between 8a-8p for assistance with scheduling an appointment. There are dedicated appointment slots reserved for those age 65+. Appointment times vary by location. 

Vaccine Facts

Princeton COVID-19 Case Data

Updated May 13, 2021: 

  • Total Positive Cases: 685
  • Cases in the past 7 days:1
    Highest 7 day total - 39 (12/12/2020-12/18/2020)
    Daily Average: 0.14
  • Cases in the past 14 days:4
    Highest 14 day total - 66 (12/8/2020-12/21/2020)
    Daily Average: 0.28

                                                                                                                                  Click on the image to enlarge it.
COVID 19 Report Week 18 (PNG)

Need help getting a vaccine appointment?

Princeton Senior Resource Center is offering help to those in need, navigating the vaccine scheduling system. If you need assistance getting an appointment please register online or contact Carla Servin at (609) 751-9699, ext. 118 or by email

If you are on the Princeton waitlist and receive your vaccine elsewhere, please notify the Princeton Health Department to remove your name from the list. 

Helpful Tips For the COVID Vaccine (PNG)

Everyone seeking vaccination should use the State's centralized registration and take the first appointment offered to you.


1.    Pre-register on the New Jersey vaccination registration portal (NJVSS) This site will display one’s eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. Once the registration is complete, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) will reply with an e-mail assigning you to the appropriate Phase. NJDOH will follow up with a separate e-mail when it is time to schedule an appointment (See #2 for information on scheduling an appointment). If you experience an error or need help registering with the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System, you can complete an online form or call 855-568-0545 for customer service phone support. 

2.    Review a list of the NJ COVID-19 vaccine locations. The list of locations receiving and administering the COVID-19 vaccine is expanding daily, so check this site often. These locations will provide more accessibility for the general population. Some clinic locations are utilizing their own registration portal, links to these locations can be found on the vaccine location list. Registering with the clinic locations utilizing their own portals will increase your chance of getting an appointment for a vaccine. 

COVID-19 Testing for Princeton Residents:

Free COVID-19 Testing Available at YMCA

Free drive-through COVID-19 testing is available from Express Med Care at Princeton Family YMCA from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days per week on the lower level of the building, with outdoor tents for individuals to wait and be physically distanced. Appointments can be made, but walk-ins are welcomed. Those who don’t have insurance to cover the test can receive a test at no cost. For more information or to make an appointment, Visit Express Med Care or call 609-785-1844.

Learn more about COVID-19 Testing

NJ COVID-19 Dashboard offers an insight on the COVID cases and vaccines distributed to date. Select the "Vaccination Overview" tab to view how many doses have been administered and the breakdown by County.

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub
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