COVID-19 Information and Resources

COVID-19 VACCINATION ASSISTANCE

New: New Jersey has set up a vaccine call center to provide scheduling support, predominantly through dedicated appointments, to ensure seniors ages 75 and over are able to access appointments. Call 856-249-7007.

Our Community Services Department has put together a team of staff members and volunteers to help Ocean City residents who may have no or limited ability to complete the online registration or scheduling process for COVID-19 vaccinations.

All 65-and-overs and residents ages 16 to 64 with medical conditions that put them at risk are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. Our team will do its best to get you an appointment, but please understand that this assistance program offers no guarantee of receiving a vaccination. Vaccine supplies remain limited.

As of Feb. 22, residents in need of this service can call 609-399-6111 or stop by the Ocean City Community Center, City Hall Welcome Center or 46th Street Welcome Center (limited hours) to provide the information necessary to make sure you are registered with the New Jersey State Vaccine Registration System (which will put you in line for vaccinations in Cape May County as they become available) and possibly schedule an appointment at the megasite in Atlantic City, one of the locations where vaccine supplies have been most consistent. We will attempt to schedule you for the first available appointment at the Atlantic City Convention Center, if your name is randomly chosen in the selection process for the megasite.

Please complete our Covid Vaccine Assistance Form to provide the information necessary to get you registered. This form will be available at the sites above, and our operators can will complete it for you, if prefer to call.

MESSAGE FROM THE CAPE MAY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT (Feb. 5, 2021) 

Everyone is frustrated and we understand.  Our main challenge is a very limited supply of vaccine.  But we wanted to try to answer a few questions.  The County of Cape May does not control the number of doses available.  The state does and they get the vaccine from the federal government.  Right now there is a limited supply nationwide and we don’t know when that supply will grow significantly.  

The County Department of Health does not control the scheduling process.  This is a state system at covidvaccine.nj.gov.  Everyone is encouraged to go there and register.  The state sends an eligibility email that may indicate that there are some places to schedule appointments, but in our area that is really only the ShopRite at the moment and they have typically been booked solid.  

The eligibility email does not give you the ability to schedule an appointment at the county clinic.  The key element of scheduling an appointment is the subsequent email from the state that tells you that you can now schedule your appointment and gives you a link to do so at the County Vaccination Clinic in Avalon.  

While thousands of people have registered, there are only several hundred scheduling emails going out from the state each week since the county gets only several hundred doses of vaccine each week from the state at the moment.  There is no special scheduling process.  

The Department of Aging and the Department of Health are working with the most vulnerable, elderly members of the community to help them get vaccinated and some frontline workers have been assisted as well.  Beyond that, everyone must register in the state system and wait for the scheduling email.  The process has been confusing to say the least and we ask for everyone’s continued patience as we wait for more doses of the vaccine to come from the state.  We need to stay the course a little longer but there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

Thank you.

WHEN CAN I GET VACCINATED? 

To receive a COVID-19 vaccination, everyone must pre-register on the New Jersey State Vaccine Registration System at: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/. Residents may call 609-463-6581 during working hours for assistance and information. The N.J. Department of Health maintains an interactive telephone service in both English and Spanish that provides information on how to register for and schedule vaccinations. Live agents also are available to guide residents through the process. The phone number is (855) 568-0545.

HOW TO GET VACCINATED IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE (Jan. 29, 2021)

Based on vaccine availability, you will receive an email notice of when to schedule your appointment. 

Eligibility for the vaccine is based those groups approved by the Governor’s Office. Currently, vaccine is open to:

1.     Paid and Unpaid Healthcare Personnel
2.     Long-Term Care Residents and Staff
3.     First Responders
4.     Individuals Over Age 65
5.     Individuals Ages 16 to 64 at High Risk Because of Medical Conditions (as defined by the CDC)


Click here for more information on where the vaccines will be available.

All New Jerseyans can pre-register for the vaccine here.



LATEST STATISTICS
 


PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES 

A number of public health recommendations and restrictions are currently in place.

  • Ocean City events: Most city-sponsored events are canceled until further notice. The Community Services Department and Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce are planning events that can be held safely or virtually.
  • Beach and boardwalk: The beach and boardwalk remain open to the public.  As per the governor’s guidelines, please maintain six feet of space between others. Avoid large groups. Masks or face coverings are required when social distancing cannot be maintained. Public restrooms on the boardwalk are open and being sanitized throughout the day. Hand sanitization stations have been installed at regular intervals along the boardwalk.
  • Restaurants: Ocean City restaurants are open for takeout, outdoor dining and indoor dining at 35 percent capacity.
  • Retail: Stores are open at 50 percent capacity with face coverings required.
  • Complete Detail on Rules in Place Statewide: New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub and N.J. Governor's Executive Orders.


SYMPTOMS
 

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms.


TESTING
 

In response to COVID-19, Cape May County Department of Health with the partnership of Cape Regional Medical Center and Cape May County/Local Office of Emergency Management will be expanding testing throughout Cape May County. Testing will be available at Cape May County Department of Health and at various locations around Cape May County. Testing will be by appointment. To make an appointment you can call (609) 463-6581.