(201) 996-9100 Bergen / (201) 533-4407 Hudson
NJ COVID-19 Vaccine and Information Help Lines

NJ COVID-19 Vaccine and Information Help Lines

NJ COVID-19 Vaccine and Information Help Lines 


As we are all doing our best to get our consumers access to basic needs as well as information during the pandemic, please be advised that the State has opened a call center to help those without computer access in registering for a COVID vaccine appointment.

NJ State COVID Vaccine Help Line is


NJ Covid Platform

Click Here

COVID Test Site Finder:

Click Here

Pre-Register for the Vaccine:

Click Here

Call (General COVID-19 Questions): (24/7)


Call (Medical COVID-19 Questions): (24/7)


Call (Vaccine Appointment Support): (8am-8pm)


To receive alerts, text NJCOVID to 


Download COVID Alert NJ app 

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)

Free COVID-19 testing and treatment is available at Community Health Centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), to all people whether you have health insurance or not and regardless of your immigration status

Find an FQHC near you 

with this search tool

through 211 

online, or by directly calling


(support is available in English and Spanish).

Individuals with urgent symptoms may also continue to access services at acute care hospitals.

The COVID-19 testing cost will be waived for uninsured individuals eligible for charity care.

Information on the Charity Care Program can be found at: 

Click Here

You should talk to a medical provider before going to your local hospital.

 New Jersey Vaccination

We are working hard to vaccinate as many New Jerseyans as quickly as possible.

Ways to get vaccinated at this time:

Find Out if You Are Eligible for the Vaccine

To find out if you are eligible for the vaccine,
Click here for more information.

As vaccine doses continue to increase, we’ll be able to open more appointments and give eligible residents more opportunities to get vaccinated.
Click here to visit the State’s Data Dashboard for more data about the State’s COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts.

CVS and Rite Aid join in the efforts to distribute the vaccine in New Jersey.

Participating CVS and Rite Aid locations will continually be added to the COVID-19 Information Hub’s list of vaccine locations for eligible recipients – click here to visit that list.

Here are a few facts to know about COVID-19 and the vaccine:

Where can I find more information?

Continuing to wear a mask, washing your hands, practicing social distancing, and following public health guidance for everyone’s safety.


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Several months ago, hip’s COVID-19 Community Response Program funded Fusion software for N.M., a longtime hip consumer. N.M. requested the software so she could take some online courses and find additional employment. As she is a hardworking single mother, we were happy to assist her by purchasing this special technology to help further her career.

We learned recently that N.M. has obtained employment with the NJ Contact Tracing Department! She was able to go through the entire application process and training because of the software purchased. N.M. is so happy and thanked everyone at hip for their part in this process! We are thrilled the program was able to help her and look forward to helping many more consumers throughout the year.


COVID-19 Vaccine Sign Up – Hackensack Meridian – Sports Complex

COVID-19 Vaccine Sign Up – Hackensack Meridian – Sports Complex

COVID19 Updates – Hackensack Meridian Health


Hackensack Meridian Health is administering a COVID-19 vaccine in coordination with federal and state partners at the Bergen County Mega Site.


Availability is very limited.

Vaccinations are limited to:

  1. Health Care Workers,
  2. First Responders and
  3. 65 or older, and those
  4. 16-64 with underlying health conditions.

COVID-19 Community Response Program

COVID-19 Community Response Program

COVID-19 Community Response Program

Funding Application


Dear Applicant:

Welcome to the COVID-19 Community Response Program, administered by Heightened Independence and Progress (hip) in Bergen and Hudson Counties. The program will address food insecurities, personal protective equipment, assistive devices (medical and non-medical), transportation, in home support services, emergency rental and utility assistance, because of COVID-19. For us to be more efficient in evaluating your request for funding, we will need your cooperation and diligence. Our program coordinators are available to assist you.

The following items must be enclosed:

  • APPLICATION: Fully complete the 3-part application, all information is required.
  • MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION: It should state your disability (COPD, end stage renal failure, lung cancer, diabetes, heart disease, developmental delay, etc.) and the reason you need the item you are requesting. The doctor, or other health care provider, may fax it directly to us.
  • ONE-TIME EMERGENCY RENTAL OR UTILITY ASSISTANCE: Please include a copy of the lease, utility bill and documentation of past due amount.
  • PROOF OF INCOME is required. Submit most recent income verification (Social Security, pension, wages, etc.). We will require information about income changes due to COVID-19 circumstances.
  • If you are applying for an air conditioner or home modification, a letter from landlord, granting you permission to obtain/install item, must be included. The program does not provide installation, installing air conditioners is the consumers responsibility. You may call the ASK Umbrella Program at 1-973-200-4499 for air conditioner installation assistance.
  • The COVID-19 Community Response Program can also provide a one-time $250 funding towards the purchase of incontinent or wound care supplies, for individuals in need.

INDEPENDENT LIVING PLAN is a tool used to assist consumers to meet their goals. Please complete the section that is moat appropriate.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, it is very important that you complete and email this application promptly. Please note that hip cannot reimburse you for any paid bill(s). hip makes payments directly to the vendor. We will not be able to process your request, until all documents are received.

Each application will be reviewed, and funding will be determined based on needs.

hip has two locations to serve the community If you have any questions or need assistance completing the application, please contact us at the office in your county.

  • hip Bergen County (201) 996-9100 ext. 18 or email at mvalentin@hipcil.org
  • hip Hudson County (201) 533-4407 or email mgonzalez@hipcil.org

Mail application to: Heightened Independence and Progress (hip)

Attn: COVID-19 Community Response Program

  • 131 Main Street, Suite 120 Hackensack, NJ 07601 for Bergen County residents
  • 35 Journal Square Suite 703, Jersey City, NJ 07306 for Hudson County residents


COVID-19 Update from hip

COVID-19 Update from hip

COVID-19 Update from Heightened Independence & Progress (hip) Center for Independent Living 

Updated 4/8/2020

Heightened Independence & Progress (hip) continues to monitor the ongoing crisis as it unfolds. We want you, the individuals and families we serve and our social service partners to know that while the hip team are working remotely to comply with the social distancing mandate, we are here to support you during this challenging time. As a Center for Independent Living, it is our role to ensure individuals with all types of disabilities of all ages have access to information and resources. While our staff are all working remotely, we have the technology to allow us to maintain operations offsite. We will continue to work in this manner until further notice.  

 The hip team have been contacting the consumers that we serve in Bergen and Hudson counties to continue our efforts in supporting them and ensuring they have all the basic necessities like food, medication, etc. and are prepared to weather this emergency. 

 We understand the toll that this situation is having on the health and wellness of the individuals we serve and the continued disruptions this has caused for all of us. As such, we want to play our part in minimizing any further risk. All social and recreational events, educational seminars and drop-in visits are cancelled until further notice. All visits are being handled via telephone during this timeframe. Many of our programs have specific protocols that must be adhered to and we ask that you reach out to your specific case manager with any questions you may have. Staff are checking their office voicemail regularly. 

 The hip Board of Directors and administrative team will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and keep you apprised of any changes as they occur. All communications will be posted on our website and Facebook page. 

On behalf of the entire hip team we wish you all much health as we get through these unprecedented times. As we have heard so many times recently, we will get through this together. May all of you continue to be safe and well.

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