January 22, 2021




Currently only 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine are distributed weekly to the entire State of New Jersey from the Federal government. The State then determines and distributes county allocations, with no municipal input. This quantity is severely insufficient to meet the current demands for individuals currently eligible and wishing to receive the vaccine. Due to the insufficient vaccine supplies, patience and understanding is cautioned as demand far exceeds the Federal government's allocations to the State and the County.

Currently, only Phase 1A as expanded, comprised of health care workers, residents of long-term care facilities, first-responders, and now individuals age 65 or older, and those 16 to 64 who have a medical condition which increases their risk of severe illness from the virus, are eligible to receive the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is NOT YET available to the general public. For current State information about COVID-19 vaccines, eligibility, vaccination, and timing of the phased approaches and priority groups (CLICK HERE).

Anyone seeking a COVID-19 vaccine is strongly encouraged to register with the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System as follows:

  • Step 1 - Visit and register using your name, email, and some additional information that will help determine if/when you will be eligible.
  • Step 2 - Check your email. You will receive a registration confirmation email.
  • Step 3 - Monitor your email for further instructions. When you are eligible the State will send another email letting you know it is time to schedule your appointment.
  • The State also has reported that it will be opening a call center on January 25 to assist residents with scheduling: 1-855-568-0545

Mercer County has opened a vaccination site, administered by Capital Health, on Thursday, January 21 at CURE Arena in Trenton. There are an extremely limited number of doses. Mercer County states that for an appointment, you must first register in the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS) (CLICK HERE). You will be notified when an appointment becomes available. DO NOT call Capital Health for an appointment, all appointments with Capital Health can only be made through the State NJVSS registration system.

Mercer County will be opening a regional vaccination site at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, slated to commence on January 28. Township officials have requested and are awaiting full details on operations and appointment process, assumed to be through the State NJVSS registration system. For more information on the CURE Insurance Arena and MCCC vaccination sites, email

List of Vaccination Locations and scheduling information, which include the following state-designated Mercer County sites, can be found at (CLICK HERE).

  • Henry J Austin Health Center, 112 Ewing St, Trenton NJ 08609, (609) 278-5900
  • Henry J. Austin Health Center, 321 N. Warren St, Trenton, NJ 08618, (609) 278-5900
  • InFocus Urgent Care, 100 Campus Town Circle, Suite 100, Ewing, NJ 08628, (609) 497-7608
  • Capital Health System-Hopewell, 1 Capital Way, Pennington, NJ
  • Princeton Department of Health, 1 Monument Drive, Princeton, NJ 08640, (609) 497-7608
  • ShopRite of Hamilton #521, 130 Marketplace Blvd, Hamilton, NJ 08691, (609) 581-5827
  • ShopRite Pharmacy #533, 2555 Pennington Rd, Pennington, NJ 08638, (609) 737-0606

The number of vaccines available may vary, so you may need to check back several times if you are seeking an appointment at a specific location.
Beginning Monday, January 25, at 8 A.M., the State will begin a toll-free hotline to assist residents with scheduling: 1-855-568-0545.

State of New Jersey Six COVID-19 Vaccine "Mega-Sites" Are All NOW OPEN, (CLICK HERE), as part of a statewide network to implement the State COVID -19 vaccination plan.

  • The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ
  • The Meadowlands Complex, 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, NJ
  • Rockaway Townsquare, 301 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rockaway, NJ
  • Moorestown Mall, 400 W Route 38, Moorestown, NJ
  • Rowan College of South Jersey, 1400 Tanyard Road, Sewell, NJ
  • Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ

Join Trenton Health Team, Henry J. Austin Health Center and Rutgers Institute for Health for an online Q&A session with medical experts and community leaders responding to questions about the science of COVID-19 vaccines, plans for distribution and next steps. Registration for the Q&A session, on Thursday, January 28 at 6 P.M. can be found (HERE).

January 17, 2021



Our municipality and other towns around are receiving an extremely high volume of resident calls and emails about making an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. So let me share with you the good news and the real news. Federal approvals for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were issued in December and vaccines are slowly making their way down to states, counties and into our communities. The Governor announced that, as of January 14, seniors over the age of 65, and anyone between the ages of 16 and 64 with certain preexisting medical conditions as defined by the CDC are eligible for vaccines, (CLICK HERE).

Eligibility is one thing. Actually having vaccines and the infrastructure to administer them is quite another. The recent announcement by the Governor opened the floodgates inundating and overwhelming local municipalities and health departments throughout the state. Not only are there not enough vaccines to accommodate these populations, there was no concrete plan at the Federal, State or County levels with enough personnel to actually administer them, and they must now play catch-up. Without ample supply of available vaccines and operating sites, it is not possible to immediately meet the growing list of persons qualifying to be vaccinated.

The FIRST thing to do is: All citizens eligible for and wishing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are strongly encouraged to pre-register on the State of New Jersey scheduling system (CLICK HERE). You will be notified via email when an appointment is available to you. Due to the limited supply of vaccines, you are asked to be patient and wait to be notified by email about a vaccination appointment. Even if you are pursuing a vaccination appointment through another means, you are still advised meanwhile to sign up. As vaccines become available, opportunities to make an appointment to receive the vaccine will be easier to come by.

Mayors had an encouraging call with Mercer County on January 14, wherein the County stated regional vaccination sites will be established at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, commencing January 28 and at CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton to be managed by Capital Health, commencing January 20. Township officials are awaiting full details. A list of current statewide Vaccination locations can be accessed here (CLICK HERE). The Township has partnered with surrounding towns, with very limited vaccine supplies, to start up and continue vaccinating group 1A first responders, health care workers, police officers and firefighters. That vaccine supply currently is totally insufficient to accommodate state newly announced eligible persons. As area vaccine supplies and capacity permits, we will announce any new opportunities to get vaccinated.

Residents also are strongly urged to tell everyone to sign-up for the Township E-News (CLICK HERE) and Nixle Text Alerts (CLICK HERE), to receive up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccinations.

We surely are on a path toward a brighter place. But we need everyone to recognize and understand the current facts on the ground, and please to be patient. Keep the faith, as we will see improvements, hopefully soon, we will keep you informed, and we will get there together.


EAST WINDSOR REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT: Hybrid In-Person Instruction/Cohort Schedule begins on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. For additional information and updates (CLICK HERE).

FREE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE LOCAL STUDENT FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM is providing Free Food Distribution on Sundays from 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. at the Ethel McKnight Elementary School located at 58 Twin Rivers Drive, East Windsor. All New Jersey residents under 18 years of age are eligible to receive boxed meals prepared with a seven day supply of breakfast and lunch items; registration is not required. All persons attending the Free Food Distribution site are required to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose at all times and must maintain social distancing of six feet minimum, per CDC guidelines. The Free Student Food Distribution, provided through the extended U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program, will continue on Sundays until further notice.

EAST WINDSOR MUNICIPAL BUILDING: The Municipal Building remains closed to the public but staffed (Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.) to maintain services and respond to phone and email inquiries. Drop-off and pick-up boxes are located at the main building entrance. Residents are strongly encouraged to conduct business with the Township by telephone, email, and regular mail. The Township main phone number is (609) 443-4000, the Police non-emergency phone number is (609) 448-5678. ext. 0, and the Township website is

EAST WINDSOR SENIOR CENTER: The Senior Center remains closed to the public but staffed (Monday through Friday, 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.) to respond to phone and email inquiries. The Senior Center Newsletter (CLICK HERE) is issued weekly and highlights local information resources, virtual program presentations and a variety of classes available via Zoom. New virtual exercise classes via Zoom began daily on January 4, to include general exercise, meditation, yoga, zumba and stretching exercises sessions. All classes start at 9:30 A.M. No registration is needed. Only Zoom Login is required. The Mercer County Nutrition Program continues with modified service providing boxed lunches for drive-thru curbside pickup at the front entrance to the Senior Center. For questions regarding the Nutrition Program, call Mercer County at (609) 989-6650.


Mercer County, in partnership with Vault Health Services, will offer free COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays, January 19 and January 26, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the CURE Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Avenue in Trenton. The saliva test is available to County residents 14 years or older and anyone employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County. Testing will be conducted in the arena concourse and parking is in Parking Lot 2 off South Broad Street to access Gate A. Bring identification showing Mercer county residency and a smartphone or tablet if you have one. No prescription is necessary. Avoid eating, drinking, chewing gum or smoking 30 minutes prior to taking the test.


Mercer County residents 14 years or older and anyone employed as a first responder or health care worker in Mercer County can sign up to receive a free COVID-19 saliva test to be administered at home through a partnership between the County and Vault Health Services of New Jersey. The test for COVID-19 has the same effectiveness as the swab test and is designed to determine if an individual is currently infected with COVID-19 and has the potential to infect others.

Individuals seeking a test should visit to register. Following registration and eligibility verification you will receive a digital link to Vault’s webpage to request a county-funded test kit. The kit will be shipped overnight with instructions on how to schedule a Zoom telehealth meeting with a certified healthcare worker who will virtually instruct you about how to properly collect a saliva sample for shipment to the Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory for testing. Results are anticipated to be returned within 72 hours. Any questions can be directed to


Immediate Care East Windsor, 319 US-130 North, East Windsor, NJ 08520 (609) 426-4300. Immediate Care Medical Walk-In of East Windsor Opened Local Mobile Covid-19 Testing Unit Next to their Facility in Town Center Plaza. Immediate Care is offering PCR Covid-19 testing on Saturday and Sunday, from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. and Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Appointments must be made in advance by going to the Immediate Care website (CLICK HERE) or calling (855) 925-5467, ext. 0. For further information, (CLICK HERE).

Other Area Testing Sites

  • CVS, 350 US-130, East Windsor, NJ 08520 (609) 443-5100
  • CVS, 629 Abbington Drive, East Windsor, NJ 08520 (609) 426-2903
  • Rite Aid Robbinsville, 2370 Route 33, Robbinsville 08691 (609) 259-1251
  • CVS Robbinsville, 2281 Route 33, Robbinsville 08691 (866) 389-2727
  • CVS Hamilton Square, 1099 Route 33, Hamilton Square 08690 (866) 389-2727
  • InFocus Urgent Care, 64 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Princeton Junction (609) 799-7009
  • Patient First – Hamilton, 641 Route 130, Hamilton 08691 (609) 568-9383

For general questions and concerns about COVID-19:
• Call: 2-1-1
• Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253
• Text: NJCOVID to 898-211
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