FEMA vaccination site in Newark taking walk-in appointments

A CVS staffer prepares a shot. (CVS Health)

The FEMA Community Vaccination Center on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark will be accepting walk-in appointments until 6 p.m. Friday and throughout the holiday weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Twitter.

The site, which opened Wednesday, has the capacity to vaccinate 6,000 people a day, seven days a week. It has 9,500 extra doses as of Friday.

The site is located inside the Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility.

You must be eligible to get the vaccine.

The site is intended to target vulnerable communities. It will be supported by the federal government in partnership with the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, the state Department of Health, Essex County and the city of Newark.

NJIT officials said they specifically selected the Naimoli Center location for vaccine distribution in order to minimize the potential impact on the campus community. The center’s location means the school will be able to keep traffic to the facility on the perimeter of campus.

The duration of this effort has yet to be determined, but it is anticipated that, once fully open, the vaccination center will be operational seven days a week for at least two to three months.