COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild to moderate, like the common cold, but it can be more severe in older adults and people with chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, immune system disorders, etc.
Key times to get tested: If you have symptoms, test immediately. If you were exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, wait at least 5 full days after your exposure before testing. If you test too early, you may be more likely to get an inaccurate result. If you are in certain high-risk settings, you may need to test as part of a screening testing program. Consider testing before contact with someone at high risk for severe COVID-19, especially if you are in an area with a medium or high COVID-19 Community Level.
COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying. As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations.
OCTOBER 27, 2023 UPDATE:
Burlington County Health Department is pleased to announce the re-opening of COVID-19 vaccination clinics for residents on Friday afternoons beginning Friday, November 3, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Clinics will be held at the Health Department, 15 Pioneer Blvd, Westampton, NJ. Please use the side “Clinic” entrance of the building. Be advised there will not be a clinic on November 24, 2023, the day after Thanksgiving.
COVID-19 2023-2024 updated vaccines are available for Burlington County residents ages 6 months to 11 years old, with both Moderna and Pfizer-Biontech formulations in stock. Although there will not be an out-of-pocket cost to residents, insurance information will be collected for reimbursement.
Residents ages 12 and older who are uninsured or underinsured are asked to call the Health Department at 609-265-5548 for vaccination options.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you have recovered from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.