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Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

Making an Appointment

Who can make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment now?

Our goal is to vaccinate everyone who wants to receive a vaccine. All individuals age 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19.  Learn more >

How can I get the vaccine?

Can I still get the vaccine at the former Sears building in Rockaway?

The Morris County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall has been closed. See other locations >

Will more appointments become available?

Available appointments are based on the vaccine supply received from the State of New Jersey. Appointments are added regularly. Our goal is to provide a vaccine for everyone who wants it.

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Is MyChart required to get a vaccine?

No, MyChart is not required to get a vaccine. After selecting an appointment time, patients have the option to log into MyChart or continue and schedule without logging in.

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What is MyChart? Can I sign up?

MyChart offers patients personalized and secure access to portions of their medical records. It provides convenient, 24-hour access to securely use the internet to help manage and receive information about a variety of health needs. However, vaccine appointment scheduling for the community is not available in MyChart.

MyChart is available to patients who have been treated within Atlantic Health System and their caregivers. In order to set up your MyChart account, we need to confirm your identity – either in person during a visit or by using a secure third-party verification system. Sign up or sign in >

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Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine at my doctor’s office?

At this time, you can’t receive a COVID-19 vaccine from your Atlantic Medical Group doctor. All COVID-19 vaccines from Atlantic Health System are administered at our vaccination centers. Schedule an appointment > 

I got the vaccine at another location, how do I stop receiving appointment alerts?

If you don’t want to receive appointment alerts through email, please scroll to the bottom of the last alert email you received from us. Click the “Stop COVID-19 vaccine availability alerts»” link.

If you no longer want to receive appointment alerts by text message, please reply “STOP” to the last message you received.

Ages 12-17

Can someone else bring my child to their COVID-19 vaccine appointment?

We strongly encourage the parent or guardian to accompany your child to the vaccine center. If a parent or guardian cannot be at the appointment, another adult can accompany the child if the parent completes the required authorization forms. The child cannot be vaccinated unless both forms in step 2 below are signed. The parent or guardian must also be available by phone to speak to the nurse and provide additional information.

The following requirements are for 12 to 17 year old individuals not accompanied by a parentThe parent or guardian must:

  1. Be available by phone to speak to a nurse during the appointment. Review the questions you’ll be asked >
  2. Print, read and sign both of the following authorization forms and  send them with the child for the appointment.
    Authorization for Non-Parent/Guardian to Accompany Minor for COVID-19 Vaccine >
    General Hospital Consent for Treatment form >
  3. Read the Emergency Use Authorization prior to the appointment >

 

What sort of ID is needed for a child?

Please bring a government-issued photo ID, student ID or birth certificate for the child if available. The parent, guardian or accompanying adult (see question above) must also bring their driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID. Vaccines will be distributed without regard to insurance or immigration status.

Confirmations and Cancellations

How do I know my appointment is scheduled?

You should have seen appointment instructions (e.g. what to bring) on your screen after clicking “schedule” if your appointment was scheduled successfully. If you entered a mobile number or email address during the scheduling process, you’ll also receive an email or text message confirmation with your appointment date and time. Be sure to check both your inbox and spam folder as sometimes emails might not appear in your inbox.

You can also use MyChart to confirm if you have successfully scheduled an appointment.  Sign In >
If you’re new to MyChart, click register to set up your account. You will be prompted to answer questions to verify your identity.
Register >             Learn More >

Once you’re logged into MyChart, click “Visits” in the menu. If you have an appointment, it will appear in the “Future Visits” section.

What should I do if I’m feeling sick on the day of my vaccine appointment?

We will not be able to administer your vaccine if any of these conditions apply on the day of your appointment:

  • If you have experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 48 hours: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • If, within the past 14 days, you have been in close physical contact (six feet or closer for a cumulative total of 15 minutes) with someone who has laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you are isolating or quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19.
  • If you are currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test.

Please be sure to cancel your appointment if any of these conditions arise.

How do I cancel my appointment?

Use MyChart to cancel your appointment online. If you’re new to MyChart, click register to set up your account. You will be prompted to answer questions to verify your identity.
Sign In >                            Register >                         Learn More >

Once you’re logged into MyChart, click “Visits” in the menu. Then, select your vaccine appointment under the “Future Visits” section. Cancel on the “Appointment Details Screen.”

If you are signed up for appointment reminders, reply CANCEL to the text message reminder you receive.

How can I reschedule my first dose appointment?

What happens if there’s severe weather on the day of my appointment?

If a vaccination center has a delayed opening or closes due to severe weather, those with appointments will be notified. Patients with appointments at our centers will be contacted later to reschedule.

Can I transfer my vaccine appointment to someone else?

No, appointments are specific to the patient name used for scheduling. If you’re not able to make your appointment, please cancel and reschedule.

Things to Know for Your Appointment

How can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines?

The first vaccines authorized for use are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines, making them remarkably safe and effective. Unlike vaccines that put a weakened or inactive germ in our bodies, these new vaccines use noninfectious, synthetic mRNA to produce antibodies that protect us from infection if we are exposed to the virus.

Physicians and scientists at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration follow a rigorous regulatory review process to ensure the safety and effectiveness of all vaccines. That process is underway for these vaccines, which have impressive clinical trial effectiveness rates of approximately 95%.

Which vaccine will I get?

We offer Moderna and Pfizer vaccines at our vaccine centers. We do not schedule most first-dose appointments by vaccine manufacturer at this time, however some Pfizer-only scheduling is available. The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is not offered at our vaccine centers.

If you receive your first dose at an Atlantic Health System vaccine center, your second dose will be from the same manufacturer as your first.

I have a vaccine appointment scheduled. Can I bring someone with me?

If you are disabled, elderly or otherwise require assistance, one person is permitted to accompany you. At most of our centers, anyone else interested in being vaccinated must schedule their own appointment.

Can I check in online?

MyChart is your secure connection to Atlantic Health System. Use it to manage your appointment, access your health records and check in online. MyChart eCheck-In allows you to update your personal information, verify and/or update your insurance coverage, upload a copy of your insurance card, update allergies and medications and complete your consent form before your appointment.

Sign In >                            Register >                         Learn More >

What should I bring to my appointment?

  • Your driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID
  • Your insurance card (if applicable)
  • A mask to wear – and please also follow all social distancing and safety guidelines
  • A copy of your appointment confirmation (print or electronic) 

Note that insurance is not required to get a vaccine and there will be no charges or copays to the vaccine recipient. However, as authorized, insurance providers will be billed for vaccine administration. Please wear comfortable clothing that can be adjusted so we can access your shoulder and upper arm to administer your COVID-19 vaccine.

How do I find the vaccination center?

Please check your confirmation to see where your appointment is scheduled.

Use the links below to get directions to our centers:

Atlantic Health Pavilion
242 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ
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Atlantic Urgent Care at Clark
140 Central Avenue, Clark, NJ
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Hackettstown Medical Center - Medical Office Building
653 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ
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Newton Medical Center
175 High Street, Newton, NJ
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Summit Community Center 
100 Morris Avenue Summit, NJ
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475 South Street - Morristown
475 South Street, Morristown, NJ
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How early should I arrive?

Please arrive at the vaccine center 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to allow time for screening and registration. Please plan ahead — to ensure safety and orderly delivery of vaccines, your appointment will be canceled if you do not arrive within 15 minutes of the appointment time. 

Plan to stay 15-30 minutes after the vaccine is administered for observation.

I use a wheelchair. Will I be able to access your vaccine centers?

Yes, all our vaccine centers are wheelchair accessible and fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Is there a cost to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

New Jersey is distributing COVID-19 vaccines in a phased approach to all adults who live, work, or are being educated in the state. Vaccines will be distributed without regard to insurance or immigration status.

There will be no charges or copays to the vaccine recipient. However, as authorized, insurance providers will be billed for vaccine administration. For those without insurance, vaccination is free of charge.

What are the potential side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine?

A side effect is any undesirable effect shown by studies to be caused by a medical intervention – including vaccines. Vaccines are designed to cause immune responses to enable your body to withstand a later infection. This means that one common side effect of vaccines are relatively mild, flu-like symptoms that go away without medical intervention within a few days. In rare cases, severe adverse reactions can also occur. Read the FDA’s fact sheet for each vaccine to understand the risks.

If I have side effects, can I report them anywhere?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer v-safe, a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. With this tool, you can easily share information about your side effects if you have any. You just need the vaccination record card you received after your first dose to register. If you are experiencing symptoms that are causing you concern, please contact your health care provider. Learn More >

How is the vaccine administered?

Your COVID-19 vaccine will be administered into the central part of your deltoid muscle (upper arm) approximately two to three inches below your shoulder. Please wear comfortable clothing that can be adjusted so we can access your shoulder and upper arm to administer your COVID-19 vaccine.

Will I still need to wear a mask and take other precautions?

Yes, follow preventive guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention like handwashing, physical distancing, and wearing a mask to protect yourself and others before and after vaccination. It takes as much as a few weeks for the immune system to respond effectively to the vaccine, and both doses are necessary for the vaccine to be fully effective. Even after you're fully vaccinated, preventative measures are still necessary to help protect the community.

It may still be possible for those who are vaccinated to become infected and to spread that infection to others without being symptomatic. 

Your Second Dose

How will I get my second dose appointment?

Your second dose will be scheduled when you receive your first dose at a Atlantic Health System location. We recommend that your second dose is administered at the same vaccine center as the first. Your second vaccine dose will be from the same manufacturer as the first (i.e. Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech).

We are not currently able to provide second doses to those who received their first vaccine dose outside of Atlantic Health System.

How can I reschedule my second dose?

Your second dose will be scheduled when you receive your first dose at the Morris County Regional COVID-19 Vaccination Center or one of the other Atlantic Health System locations. If you need to reschedule, please use MyChart. Sign In >

If you’re new to MyChart, click register to set up your account. You will be prompted to answer questions to verify your identity.
Register >                         Learn More >

Proof of Vaccination

How can I get a digital vaccine card?

As an Atlantic Health System patient, you can access your digital vaccine card securely, anytime, anywhere. Use it when you need proof of COVID-19 vaccination, such as travel, camp, events or work. We can find your record if you received your COVID-19 vaccine at our centers, or we will search for it through the New Jersey Immunization Information System. Get your card now>

Can I get a record of my vaccination through MyChart?

You can view information about your completed COVID-19 vaccination appointment using MyChart. Available information includes the date the vaccine was administered, the name of the vaccine and the location where the vaccine was administered.

Sign In >                            Register >                         Learn more about MyChart >

Log into your MyChart account using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Safari for Mac. On the MyChart home page, click “Menu,” scroll down to the “My Recordssection and click the “COVID-19” button. This page displays information about your COVID-19 tests and vaccinations. Click the down arrow symbol to the right of a section to get more information.

What if I lost my paper vaccine card?

As long as you received your first dose from us, we can verify that in our system and administer the second dose. However, we can’t replace lost  vaccination cards. You can use MyChart to print out a record of your vaccine administration or access your Digital Vaccine Card >