ATLANTIC CITY: For those New Jersey residents still seeking a Covid Vaccine, Atlantic City may be your best bet! As if any of us needed a separate excuse to go visit the Queen of Oceanside Resorts and win some video poker money. The Atlantic City Convention Center will open and expand to be a vaccine mega site. Trained AtlanticCare staff there will administer vaccines to eligible and willing patients. Details are below on how and when to make an appointment. Perhaps if the casinos offered a comp room and free buffet- surely more residents would voluntarily get vaccinated?

The Atlantic County Vaccination Mega Site located at 1 Convention Blvd in Atlantic City will offer more vaccination appointments for our community beginning next week. A grand scheduling event will offer access to 31,000 appointments between March 31 and April 30. Appointment scheduling will open during the following days and times:

  • Tuesday, March 30 at 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 1 at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 3 at 9 a.m.

After all appointments have been filled, weekly scheduling events at will pause. However, please continue to regularly log in to your account to check for any additional appointments that may become available. All vaccine recipients must have a scheduled appointment. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we work to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Who is eligible for vaccination in
New Jersey at this time?

Currently, vaccines are available to the following groups:

  • Age 65+
  • Aged 16-64 that have certain medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus 
  • Childcare workers in licensed and registered settings 
  • Educators and staff, pre-K to 12 
  • First responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals 
  • Healthcare workers, paid and unpaid 
  • High-risk individuals 
  • Long-term care and high-risk congregate care facility residents and staff 
  • Public safety workers 
  • Transportation workers 
  • Food production, agriculture, and food distribution workers 
  • Eldercare and support personnel 
  • Warehousing and logistics workers 
  • Social service workers and support staff 
  • Elections personnel Hospitality workers 
  • Medical supply chain employees 
  • Postal and shipping service workers 
  • Clergy 
  • Workers in the Judicial system
  • Note: Individuals who are pregnant and those in an immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant are also eligible but should follow CDC guidance and first discuss vaccination with their medical provider before receiving the vaccine. 
  • Click here to read the most updated criteria from the NJ DOH.

Who is eligible for vaccination next? 

Beginning, Monday, April 5, the following groups of individuals will be eligible for vaccination: 

Individuals aged 55-64 

Individuals 16 and over with intellectual and developmental disabilities 

  • Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas.

Workers in the following jobs: 

  • Communications, IT, media, including communications infrastructure support (engineers, technicians) and members of the press 
  • Laundry services, including workers in laundromats, laundry services, and dry cleaners 
  • Real estate, building, and home services, including construction workers, code officials, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, property management, and maintenance workers 
  • Retail financial institutions, including bank tellers, lending service, public accounting, and check cashing workers. 
  • Sanitation, including workers providing disinfection and janitorial services for all essential facilities and modes of transportation; city sanitation workers; residential, commercial, and industrial solid and hazardous waste removal. 
  • Utilities, including electrical generation and supply system, natural gas delivery, nuclear power plant, water supply, telephone, cable/fiber optical/broadband/cellular service workers 
  • Higher Education, including educators and support staff 
  • Librarians, including librarians and support staff at municipal, county, and state libraries (i.e. those not included in K-12 announcement)

Additional Information

NOTE: Vaccination phases are tentative and subject to change. The movement between vaccination eligibility phases is fluid. One phase may overlap with another. Not all individuals in one phase will be vaccinated before opening to additional groups. Announcements regarding vaccine eligibility for additional groups, including the general population, will be forthcoming.