Thursday, January 28, 2021

Covid19 in Somerset County, New Jersey

In New Jersey on 28 January 2021, from the Somerset County Covid site:

A state-wide error in the state’s COVID vaccination pre-registration and scheduling system has caused many Somerset County residents utilizing the state system to be incorrectly informed they are not Somerset County residents. As noted, this is a state-wide error and the state is working to fix it as quickly as possible
Now scheduling TESTING for Wednesday January 27th - 10 am to 1 pm. In preparation for COVID-19 vaccinations, Somerset County will end testing at RVCC [Raritan Valley Community College] on January 27th

All COVID vaccination appointments are filled at this time (1/25/2020). We will announce additional appointments on this website as they become available. Please view the COVID Vaccination FAQ for more information. Somerset County will be participating in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the next six months, with the rollout going initially to the CDC’s Phase 1 categories of health care staff, first responders, essential workers, and vulnerable populations Following Phase 1, vaccinations will be rolled out to the general public, as well. Any New Jersey resident or worker interested in receiving a vaccine in those categories or in the general population should register at to be notified when they will be eligible to attend a vaccination clinic during the roll-out. Pre-registration does not include an appointment, but an interest in being vaccinated. Once pre-registered, appointments will be sent based on your priority group and eligibility to receive vaccine. The length of Phase 1 and the timing of Phase 2 vaccinations for the general public will be determined by the number of vaccination requests and the availability of vaccine, but anyone can pre-register immediately.


The error on the Covid19 appointment website is particularly disturbing, because the website indicates that the RVCC vaccination site at RVCC is taking appointments and one is allowed to pick a time. Only after the registered resident picks a time (and enters an anti-robot code), is the unsuspecting resident falsely told that the resident is ineligible because the resident is NOT a resident of the county. Apart from that glitch, the Somerset County website, on January 28, is only "up to date" as of January 25.

The state of New Jersey website incorrectly indicates that RVCC is taking appointments, as seen in the following screenshot:

The response: This form could not be submitted for the following reasons:

Currrently this location [ie RVCC] is restricted to those in Somerset county.

A comment was sent to the state Covid19 website, describing the issues:


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