We could be getting closer to ending the days of fruitlessly searching for a vaccine appointment in the Garden State which is great news since the eligibility for those needing the vaccine has increased substantially.

The requirements for the vaccine are now for anyone 16 or older who lives, works, or studies in the state.

According to the Press of Atlantic City, you'll now be able to walk in for an appointment at Atlantic County's mega-site at the Atlantic City Convention Center located at 1 Convention Boulevard in Atlantic City starting this Wednesday. A parent or guardian is needed if you're under 18 years of age.

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700 walk-in appointments will be available from 1 to 3 PM Wednesday through Friday. The vaccines will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis. Those who make an appointment or register online first will be given a higher priority for getting the shot.

So far over 4 million New Jersey residents, or half the population of the state, have received the first dose of the vaccine, and over 2.4 million New Jerseyans are fully vaccinated.

The AC Megasite officially opened on January 22nd.  I was one of the lucky and fortunate ones to get my second shot on St. Patty's Day. Lucky me!  My vaccination experience went even smoother the second time around. I was in and out of the Convention center in less than 30 minutes.

I can't say enough again about the New Jersey National Guardsmen and women, the staff of AtlantiCare, and the Atlantic City Convention Center. Everything went so smoothly and was so well organized.

Sources: pressofatlanticcity.comusafacts.org, atlanticare.org

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