LONGPORT – The borough has implemented a program to assist residents who do not have computer access or are having difficulty pre-registering online for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Several residents have called me for assistance pre-registering for the COVID-19 vaccine. Some of our elderly residents don’t have computer access or email addresses and this can be an issue when trying to register online,” Mayor Nick Russo said. “We see this as a means to help those most vulnerable in our community. Navigating the online pre-registration system can be extremely challenging. We hope this program will help those who need assistance get registered and scheduled for a vaccination.”
Those who need assistance can call 609-823-2731, ext. 102 between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. to speak with a borough employee or volunteer who will directly input their information into the State of New Jersey vaccination registration system.
Some of the information that is needed to pre-register includes the individual’s name, address, phone number, date of birth, employment information, existing medical conditions, as well as other information. Please note that financial information, health insurance, or an individual’s Social Security number is not required.
The borough will use a dedicated an email address for those who do not have their own email address. Residents will need to provide a telephone number so updates and vaccination information can be relayed to the resident over the phone.
The borough is also requesting that residents who know of individuals in the community who might benefit from the COVID-19 Vaccination Pre-Registration Assistance Program to share this information with them.
Using the assistance program will not “fast track” an appointment for a vaccination. It simply helps individuals pre-register and schedule the COVID-19 vaccination. Registrants are asked to be patient as the process may take some time before a vaccination date can be scheduled.
“These are clearly unchartered waters and getting all Americans vaccinated is a reasonable and achievable goal with local government assistance,” Russo said. “We are all in this together and need to help each other during these challenging times.”
The Margate City Fire Department is also providing Margate residents with a pre-registration program.