CDC Recommendations for COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization
Cooper is committed to helping its patients get the vaccine as soon as enough supply is available.
Due to limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine the federal government, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has recommended certain groups get priority in receiving the vaccine. States are permitted limited modifications to the CDC’s recommendations.
In Phase 1, there are three priority groups in two broad categories (critical workers and vulnerable populations) allowed to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Phase 1a (healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents) started in December 2020. This designation expanded recently to include several other groups.
- Phase 1b (non-healthcare front-line essential workers and persons aged 75 years and up).
- Phase 1c (all other essential workers and persons aged 65-74 / persons with medical conditions that increase risk for severe COVID-19 disease) have not yet been fully authorized.
For more detailed definitions of critical workers and vulnerable populations, please visit the Camden County COVID-19 Vaccine Information page.
Who is currently authorized to receive the vaccine in New Jersey?
As of December 2020, health care workers and long-term care facility residents were authorized to receive the vaccine.
As of January 7, 2021, sworn law enforcement, firefighters, other first responders were authorized for vaccination.
As of January 14, 2021, the State of New Jersey has expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to an additional 4.5 million people in the state:
- Persons aged 65 and older
- Persons aged 16 to 64 years old who have at least one of the following chronic medical conditions that poses high-risk for severe COVID-19:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Down syndrome
- Heart conditions (including heart failure, coronary artery disease, and cardiomyopathy)
- Severe obesity
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Immunocompromised due to organ transplant (talk to your doctor)
- Pregnancy (talk to your doctor)
Individuals who fit into any of the above-listed categories are eligible and will have to register at a public vaccination site. For a full list of open vaccination sites throughout New Jersey, click here.
Cooper University Health Care does not handle vaccine scheduling.
Additionally, Camden County opened a vaccination site at the Camden County College Blackwood Campus. You can schedule an appointment online at the Camden County Vaccination Center. Camden County Vaccination Center is administering the Moderna vaccine, which requires two doses 28 days apart. The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Moderna Vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in adults 18 years of age and older under the Emergency Use Authorization. Persons younger than 18 years of age cannot be vaccinated at this site.
For additional information, please visit the State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 information hub.
COVID-19 Vaccine Safety
Volunteer at a Vaccination Site
Providing COVID-19 vaccinations to the residents of our region is one of the most extensive public health programs in American history. You can help assist Cooper in this important effort by volunteering for any of a number of clinical and non-clinical roles.
Please fill out the form here and someone will contact you with more information.
Additional Vaccine Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Evidence Table for COVID-19 Vaccines Allocation in Phases 1b and 1c of the Vaccination Program
- Medical Conditions That Increase Risk for Severe COVID-19 Disease
State of New Jersey
Cooper University Health Care