New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Hotline Stops Scheduling Appointments

TRENTON, NJ – If you’re one of the people in 1A and 1B still trying to get a COVID-19 vaccination, you’re going to have to wait longer as the New Jersey Department of Health has ceased scheduling new appointments through their vaccine registration hotline.

If you call the 1-855-568-4455 number today, you’re going to be told you cannot make an appointment.

“Beginning last evening, we had placed a temporary pause on the call center’s ability to schedule appointments. While the agents were working to assist those who wanted appointments, we discovered we needed to streamline the system on the agent end to prevent scheduling errors, and also offer further training to the agents so that they can best meet your needs. The call center can still provide information about vaccination sites, they can still preregister individuals and answer frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccine. We hope to bring up their scheduling capability in the near future,” said NJ Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

Persichilli said the demand for vaccine far exceeds the state’s current available stockpile.

“But even with those increases, the demand for appointments is currently greater than the appointments we have available. If you are in a group that is eligible to receive a vaccine, you can preregister for the vaccine on the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System available at covid19.nj.gov/vaccine and you will be notified when an appointment is available to you. Right now, all of our available appointments are full. Or, you can make an appointment at one of the designated vaccine sites directly, and you can also find that connection on covid19.nj.gov/vaccine,” she added.