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Princeton CVS begins administration of COVID-19 vaccines

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Princeton’s CVS on State Highway 206 has begun administering free COVID-19 vaccines. This effort began shortly after a University Health Services (UHS) email to the University community encouraged students and their families to seek vaccination elsewhere.

According to the CVS website, “CVS Health is partnering with several local state and federal programs to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible populations. Appointments will be available as we receive vaccines from these programs.”

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According to New Jersey regulations, current vulnerable populations include healthcare workers; residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate care facilities; first responders, including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals; individuals over 65 years of age; and individuals between the ages of 16 and 64 “who have certain medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus.”

UHS communicated to students that the University will serve as a center for vaccine distribution, though the details and timeline of administration remain unclear. The University currently does not have any doses of the vaccine.

In addition to this new service, CVS has been providing flu shots upon presentation of insurance information, free COVID-19 testing, and continues to serve as a pharmacy for those in the community.

As of Friday, Feb. 26, 1.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in New Jersey, and slightly fewer than 637,000 people in the state have received both doses. New Jersey has received about 200,000 to 300,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines per week. 

After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for public use on Saturday, Feb. 27, Governor Phil Murphy announced that the state may receive 70,000 doses next week.

The CVS Pharmacy administering the vaccine is located at 881 State Hwy. 206, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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More information, including hours of operation, can be found here.

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