COVID-19 Vaccine Registration FAQ

Due to supply limitations, vaccination appointment availability is extremely limited at this time.
Once registered, it may be some time until you receive your link to schedule an appointment.

Who can sign up to get a vaccine at RWJBarnabas Health?

RWJBarnabas Health is operating COVID-19 vaccine clinics at all of our hospitals, as well as at the Middlesex County mega-site in Edison for all members of the public who are currently eligible for the vaccine according to the State’s Phase 1A and 1B priority groups. It is important that those signing up for the vaccine meet the criteria of the current phase so that the most vulnerable members of our community can receive the vaccine first. In time, all individuals who want the vaccine will have an opportunity to get vaccinated in New Jersey. To check the criteria of Phase 1A/Phase 1B groups, please see the NJ COVID-19 website.

How do I sign up to get a vaccine at RWJBarnabas Health?

Members of the public who are currently eligible for the vaccine according to the State’s Phase 1A and 1B priority groups can register online at rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine. However, at this time, we have received a massive number of vaccine registration forms and appointments are extremely limited. We are hopeful that we will be able to open up more appointments as vaccine supply increases. Registrations can only be made online. Please do not call the hospitals or our Medical Group physicians’ offices regarding vaccination scheduling. We are asking the public for their patience as we are working hard to vaccinate as many people as we can, as quickly as we can. We have other RWJBH-affiliated vaccination centers where appointments may be more readily available.

Community members can visit:

Additionally, the NJDOH website has a complete list of vaccination sites across the state.

I filled out a form for the vaccine at RWJBarnabas Health. What happens next?

If you filled out a registration form to receive the vaccine at the Middlesex County mega-site in Edison or at one of our RWJBarnabas Health hospitals, you will be sent a link via text message and email to the contact information you entered in the registration form to schedule your vaccine appointment. Because of the massive number of registration forms we have received, you will be in our queue to receive the link based on your place in the line and the number of people who registered before you. When you are next in the queue, the link will automatically be sent to you, and you can schedule your vaccine. This could take several days or longer.

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently a two-dose vaccine. Please keep this in mind, when you schedule your first-dose appointment, you must be able to return to the same RWJBarnabas Health facility for your second dose 21 or 28 days after your first dose, depending the vaccine you receive (you do not have a choice regarding the vaccine you receive). On the day of your vaccine, you will receive an automatic appointment for your second dose. This appointment cannot be cancelled or rescheduled.

I put my incorrect cell phone/email/etc. on the registration form. What do I do?

If you filled out the registration form incorrectly, you will need to fill out a new registration form at rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine.

I cannot register my spouse/parent/other after I registered. What do I do?

The appointment system does not enable you to use the same email address or cell phone number when making appointments for other people (this is in place to prevent people from making more than one appointment for themselves). For this reason, you must use a different cell phone and email address for each additional person you register for the vaccine. If you need to create an email address, you can easily create one here.

I made my first-dose appointment, but when is my second-dose appointment?

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently a two-dose vaccine. You must be able to return to the same RWJBarnabas Health facility for your second dose 21 or 28 days after your first dose, depending on which vaccine you receive - Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (you do not have a choice regarding the vaccine you receive). On the day you receive the first dose of the vaccine, you will receive an automatic appointment for the second dose 21 or 28 days later. This appointment cannot be cancelled or rescheduled.

I have to cancel or reschedule my first-dose appointment. What do I do?

To cancel or reschedule your first-dose appointment, re-open the email or text message link you originally used to schedule your appointment and you will be directed back to the vaccine scheduling application. Once logged in, you will have the option to cancel and reschedule. Second-dose appointments cannot be cancelled or rescheduled.

I couldn’t get an appointment. When will more be available or where else can I go?

Our vaccine appointments are based on vaccine supply allotted to us by the State of New Jersey. We are hopeful that as supplies increase we will be able to open appointments for future dates. If you have received a link to schedule your vaccine and could not find an appointment, continue to check back through the link to see if slots have opened. We have other RWJBH-affiliated vaccination centers where other appointments may be more readily available. Community members can visit:

Additionally, the NJDOH website has a complete list of vaccination sites across the state.

I made my appointment. Where do I go once I get to the hospital?

Park in the public parking lot and go through the main entrance of the hospital where you will be temperature- and symptom-screened and then directed to the vaccine clinic.

I made an appointment. What do I bring with me to my appointment?

Please bring your cell phone, confirmation message, government-issued ID and insurance card with you to your appointment. Please wear a mask and ensure you wear clothing that allows access to your upper arm.

I have a vaccine appointment, but I do not feel well.

If you have a fever or cold/respiratory symptoms on the date of your vaccine appointment, or if you have COVID-19 or are still under quarantine, you must cancel your appointment. Please do not come to the vaccine clinic. To cancel and reschedule your appointment, re-open the original scheduling link you used to access the scheduling application. Once logged in, you will have the option to cancel and reschedule.

Can I bring someone in to accompany me to get my vaccine?

If you are getting your vaccine at an RWJBH Hospital you are not permitted to bring someone with you, unless that person is a guardian or designated caregiver, due to our COVID-19 visitation restrictions. If you are getting your vaccine at the Middlesex County mega-site in Edison, you may bring someone to accompany you.

I/someone I know wants to get vaccinated but isn’t proficient in English. Can they come to an RWJBarnabas Health site?

Yes. We have materials printed in multiple languages and we use a telephonic language interpreter for translation.

Can I choose which vaccine I receive?

No, you cannot choose which vaccine you receive. It is dependent on the vaccine allotment we receive from the State of New Jersey.

Note: Both doses of the two-dose vaccine series must be from the same manufacturer (if your first dose is the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, your second dose will be the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine; and if your first dose is the Moderna vaccine, your second dose will be the Moderna vaccine.

I have to cancel or reschedule my second-dose appointment. What do I do?

Once you are vaccinated with the first dose, you will receive an automatic appointment for the second dose. Second dose appointments cannot be cancelled or rescheduled.

I want to talk to someone about the COVID-19 vaccine, who can I talk to?

If you have clinical questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, it is important that you discuss them with your primary care physician or healthcare provider. In addition, you can find frequently asked questions about the vaccine on our COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ page.

I’m a patient of RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group. I’ve been told that you have the COVID-19 vaccine. Will my doctor be able to give it to me?

At this time, our Medical Group practices do not have the vaccines. Vaccines are being distributed through the state mega-sites as well as other approved locations. View NJ State list of vaccine distribution locations.

Will I automatically be scheduled for a second dose of the vaccine after receiving the first dose?

Yes. At the time you receive your first dose, you will be scheduled for your second dose.

What is the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine for senior citizens at this time?

As per the New Jersey state criteria for vaccine eligibility, individuals 65 and older are eligible for the vaccine.

I have a medical condition and am not sure if I qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. How can I find out?

Please visit the New Jersey state criteria for vaccine eligibility to determine whether you are eligible for the vaccine at this time.

If I pre-registered on the New Jersey State site and am not yet eligible to get the vaccine, what happens next?

If you pre-registered on the New Jersey State site, you will receive a notification when you are eligible to schedule an appointment. You will then need to register for an appointment at a vaccination site.