Stop the Spread of COVID-19

SJFMC is working to protect our communities during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

At Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers (SJFMC) your health and safety is our number one priority, and we are following COVID-19 guidelines as recommended by the CDC and the New Jersey Department of Health.

With that mission in mind, we are taking a number of steps to protect our patients, employees, and the community during this outbreak. Our dedicated Task Force of senior leaders, both clinical and non-clinical, are following planned protocols to keep our facilities as safe as possible and help stop the spread of COVID-19(Coronavirus).

What can you do if you think you have been exposed to the Coronavirus?

If you or your family members have been exposed to anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or have any of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Running Nose
  • Chills
  • Muscle Pain
  • Weakness
  • Severe Headache
  • Joint Pain
  • Loss of Smell
  • Loss of Taste
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Bruising or Bleeding
  • Red Eye
  • Rash

The best practice is for you to immediately schedule a same-day SJFMC telemedicine appointment at 800-486-0131.

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing/shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your SJFMC Medical Provider at 800-486-0131 for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing in Atlantic County

Free COVID-19 Diagnostic and Antibody Testing is available for all ages. You do not have to have symptoms to get tested. 

Testing Sites:

American Legion Post 81
902 S. Main Street
Pleasantville, NJ, 08232

Every Wednesday 11:00 am-2:00 pm

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
Hammonton Center
860 S. White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ 08037

Every Thursday 11:00 am-2:00 pm

All should wear a mask or face covering. Testing is weather permitting.

COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing in Burlington County

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
Burlington Center
651 High Street
Burlington, NJ 08016

Every Tuesday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

All should wear a mask or face covering. Testing is weather permitting.

COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing in Salem County

Free COVID-19 Diagnostic and Antibody Testing is available for all ages. You do not have to have symptoms to get tested. Pre-registration is highly recommended if you are symptomatic. Call 609-569-4510.

Testing Site:

Salem County Department of Health
110 5th Street
Salem, NJ 08079

Every Monday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

**Drive to the back side of the building and proceed to our Mobile Testing Unit**

All should wear a mask or face covering. Testing is weather permitting.

COVID-19 Vaccine

All individuals aged 5 and older who live, work, or study in New Jersey are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is recommended for people 5 years and older. The Johnson and Johnson, Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is approved for individuals 18 and over.  You must be at least 18 to receive the Moderna vaccine at SJFMC.

Vaccines are available to all New Jerseyans, regardless of immigration or insurance status.

You do not have to be a patient of SJFMC, but you must have an appointment to be vaccinated. All appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations are scheduled electronically. Please do not call, as we are experiencing an extensive amount of calls and can not schedule vaccine appointments on the phone. 

What vaccines are available to SJFMC?

The Moderna Covid-19 vaccine is a 2-dose immunization. A second dose within a few weeks is necessary to get full protection against COVID-19. Moderately to severely immunocompromised people should get an additional shot (3rd dose) at least 28 days after their 2nd shot. Other groups of people are recommended to get a booster shot at least 6 months after getting their 2nd shot. The Moderna vaccine is recommended for people aged 18 years and older.

Learn more about the Moderna vaccine by reading this fact sheet.

Now that there are authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, here are 8 things you need to know about the new COVID-19 Vaccination Program and COVID-19 vaccines.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a two dose immunization, the second shot is 21 days after the first. Moderately to severely immunocompromised people should get an additional shot (3rd dose) at least 28 days after their 2nd shot. Other groups of people are recommended to get a booster shot at least 6 months after getting their 2nd shot. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is recommended for people 12 years and older.

Learn more about the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by reading this fact sheet.

The Johnson and Johnson, Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is a single dose immunization. A booster shot is also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Learn more about the Janssen vaccine by reading this fact sheet

Most Children and All Teens Can Get COVID-19 Vaccines

CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.  Children ages 5 through 11 years receive an age-appropriate dose that is one-third of the adult dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Your child will need a second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine three weeks after their first shot.

Widespread vaccination for COVID-19 is a critical tool to best protect everyone, especially those at highest risk, from severe illness and death. People who are fully vaccinated can safely resume many activities that they did prior to the pandemic. Children ages 5 years and older are able to get an age-appropriate dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Learn more about what you and your child or teen can do when fully vaccinated.

To learn more about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children read the following fact sheet before vaccination:

Pfizer Pediatric EUA for Caregivers

What age groups are currently eligible for vaccination

Vaccines Authorized For

Children 4 years and under:

  • None

Children 5–11 years old:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech

Teens 12–17 years old:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech

Everyone 18 years and older:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen

Click this link to schedule a vaccine appointment for children ages 5-11.

The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority.

The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

CDC has developed a new tool, v-safe, as an additional layer of safety monitoring to increase our ability to rapidly detect any safety issues with COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are needed.
Depending on the specific vaccine you get, a second shot 3-4 weeks after your first shot is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease. Learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated.

CDC is making recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first when supplies are limited.

To help guide decisions about how to distribute limited initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine, CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have published recommendations for which groups should be vaccinated first.

Learn more about who should be vaccinated first when vaccine supplies are limited.

After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection.

The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination.

Making COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations

CDC makes vaccination recommendations, including those for COVID-19 vaccines, based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Learn more

Cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

The first COVID-19 vaccine is being used under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many other vaccines are still being developed and tested.

Learn more about FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization authorityexternal icon and watch a video on what an EUA is.

If more COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved by FDA, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will quickly hold public meetings to review all available data about each vaccine and make recommendations for their use in the United States. Learn more about how CDC is making COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.

All ACIP-recommended vaccines will be included in the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program. CDC continues to work at all levels with partners, including healthcare associations, on a flexible COVID-19 vaccination program that can accommodate different vaccines and adapt to different scenarios. State, tribal, local, and territorial health departments have developed distribution plans to make sure all recommended vaccines are available to their communities.

COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic.

It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.

CDC will continue to update this website as vaccine recommendations and supply change.

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For more information on COVID-19 Vaccines currently available in the United States  visit the CDC website.

Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

Third doses are now available for the moderately to severely immunocompromised. People who have compromised immune systems may benefit from an additional dose to make sure they have enough protection against COVID-19. If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised and eligible according to the list below you must receive your additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine at least 28 days after the completion of the initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. Schedule your appointment here. ** Please bring your vaccine card to your appointment.**

Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

COVID-19 Booster Shots

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

  • 18 years and older -People who are 18 and older who received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines can receive a booster shot of any of the three available vaccines, at least six months after their second shot.

For individuals who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

I am not eligible for a third dose or booster shot according to the information above, when can I get a COVID-19 vaccine booster?

This is subject to authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and recommendation by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). FDA is conducting an independent evaluation to determine the safety and effectiveness of a booster dose of the mRNA vaccines. The FDA is currently deciding which groups will be eligible for booster shots next.

If we need a booster dose, does that mean that the vaccines aren’t working?

No. COVID-19 vaccines are working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, with the Delta variant, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection against mild and moderate disease. For that reason, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for a booster shot so vaccinated people maintain protection over the coming months.

Can you mix and match booster doses?

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

What’s the difference between a booster dose and a third dose?

Sometimes people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised do not build enough (or any) protection when they first get a vaccination. When this happens, getting a third dose of the vaccine can sometimes help them build more protection against the disease. This appears to be the case for some immunocompromised people and COVID-19 vaccines. CDC recommends moderately to severely immunocompromised people consider receiving an additional (third) dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after the completion of the initial 2-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series.

In contrast, a “booster dose” refers to another dose of a vaccine that is given to someone who built enough protection after vaccination, but then that protection decreased over time (this is called waning immunity). HHS has developed a plan to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to people this fall. Implementation of the plan is subject to FDA’s authorization and ACIP’s recommendation.

Safety Policy and Visitor Guidelines

All patients and guest must complete a temperature check and wear a face covering to enter our health centers. If you do not have a mask, please stop at the front desk immediately.

We are also limiting the number of people in our waiting room and practicing social distancing to reduce risk to patients and staff. Guest of patients, please remain outside of our centers or stay in your car unless you are accompanying a minor who needs to be seen by a provider.

Telemedicine Available for Visits from home

SJFMC is now using Telemedicine to allow you to talk to your provider and receive medical care at home. Visits are available virtually on video or by phone. Please call 800-486-0131 to make an appointment today.

Dental Services

Full service dentistry is offered at all of our dental sites. Our team is following guidance from the American Dental Association and adhering to strict safety protocols in addition to normal infection control procedures to keep you and our team safe.

How You Can Help

As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, personal protective equipment(PPE) is in high demand. You can help protect our Health Care Heroes by donating , masks, gloves, gowns, googles, face shields, disinfectants, and hand sanitizers. Please call Mika Hasan at 856-298-8493 to arrange your donation drop-off.

Similarities and Differences between Flu and COVID-19

Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses.

There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19. COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. Another important difference is there is a vaccine to protect against flu. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. More information about differences between flu and COVID-19 is available here.

Steps you can take to prevent the spread of common cold, flu, and Coronavirus:

  • Wear a mask in public
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

For more information regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Department of Health website.

Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Who is at risk for Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Currently, those at greatest risk of infection are persons who have had prolonged, unprotected close contact with a patient with symptomatic, confirmed COVID-19. Close contact is defined by the CDC as:

  • Being within approximately six feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case; or
  • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (such as being coughed or sneezed on).

Similar to the flu, people who are older than 65, or have chronic illnesses or a weak immune system are more vulnerable to be infected by COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

How can I protect my child from COVID-19 infection?

You can encourage your child to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by teaching them to do the same things everyone should do to stay healthy.

  • Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing)
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.

Are the symptoms of COVID-19 different in children than in adults?

No. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. It’s not known yet whether some children may be at higher risk for severe illness, for example, children with underlying medical conditions and special healthcare needs. There is much more to be learned about how the disease impacts children.

For up to date information visit the CDC website and check out NJDOH updates.