This message from Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and Acting Administrative Director Glenn A. Grant provides updated information about the New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH) COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan, including links to pre-register to receive the vaccine and to learn more about the prioritization of vaccine distribution within our state.
- People who live or work in New Jersey can pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine at the NJ DOH vaccine website: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/ The registration process takes less than 15 minutes and includes questions about health insurance (so have your insurance card available).
- Healthcare workers and residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities currently are receiving vaccines as part of the first phase (1A) of distribution. Individuals who are in later categories (1B, 1C, 2) still can pre-register for the vaccine – but are not yet eligible to receive it. Details about where and how to receive the vaccine are available online and will be updated in coming weeks.
- Vaccinations are provided at no cost. General information on the vaccine distribution plan is available in the DOH FAQs. For more information, see the Executive Summary or the complete Plan. Documents are being regularly updated and posted on the vaccination tab of the NJ DOH webpage. For weekly vaccine news updates, you can sign up to receive the NJ DOH “Vax Matters” newsletter (https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/vmsignup.shtml).
Current information indicates that judges and court employees are included in vaccine distribution category 1C (other essential government workers) along with prosecutors and others involved in the court system. NJ DOH as of today anticipates that vaccines may become available for essential workers in category 1C by late February or early March 2021; however, that timeframe is only an estimate.
Building and sustaining public trust and confidence in the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine is critical to meeting New Jersey’s target of vaccinating at least 4.7 million residents (target: 70% of population) over the next six months. Unfortunately, online and other media sources feature misinformation as well as legitimate facts about vaccination. This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guide can help in separating vaccine facts from myths.
The CDC and NJ DOH caution that simply getting vaccinated is not enough to protect against the COVID-19 virus. Individuals must continue to follow health precautions, including wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, frequently washing hands, and avoiding others when sick, even after receiving vaccines. More information is available on the CDC website.
The judges and employees of the New Jersey courts provide critical services to the people of our state. We will continue to share information from the NJ DOH and CDC so that you are aware of available resources and the steps you can take to protect yourself and others. We also are convening an internal working group to provide answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccine policies for court employees and court users. Further information will be provided as soon as possible.
Stuart Rabner, Chief Justice
Glenn A. Grant, Acting Administrative Director
Dear union member,
New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s COVID-19 resource and news page is just a click away. The always-current resources on the page include fast links to state benefit sign-ups and information, to health resources, even to some home-schooling tools while your children are out of school.
The New Jersey worker-focused site also includes frequent updates – daily, even hourly – on actions the state and federal governments are doing to try to keep you safe and keep you whole financially.
We offer these tools knowing that, together, we will get through this crisis. Please log on and check it out. https://njaflcio.org/breakingnews/
Any member that has purchased insurance through AIL, click on the link below. If the first paragraph of the form fits your criteria related to separation of employment due to COVID-19; proceed as instructed on the “Lay-Off Waiver of Premium Claim Form”. If you are unable to download the form, please contact the office ASAP as this is a time sensitive form.
Teamster Privilege Job Loss Grant Can Help If You’re Laid Off
$300 payment to Teamster Privilege Credit Card cardholders who have been laid off and meet the requirements.
- You must be a Teamster Privilege Credit Card cardholder in good standing.
- The job loss must have occurred at least three (3) months after you became a Teamster Privilege credit card cardholder.
- You must complete the required application and provide documentation that you or a joint-owner or authorized user of your Teamster Privilege Credit Card account and have been continuously unemployed due to an involuntary job loss or layoff (other than a strike or lockout) for at least 90 consecutive days within the 12-month period prior to the date you submit an application.
- You may only receive one Job Loss Grant for any one Teamster Privilege Credit Card account. If you have multiple Teamster Privilege Credit Card accounts, you can only receive one Job Loss Grant for any unique job loss event.
Click the following link for more information and application to apply. https://www.unionplus.org/hardship-help/job-loss-grant