Updated 12/2/2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Card Submission Form

Special Olympics New Jersey is requiring proof of vaccination status for participants in SONJ sectional or State finals competitions.  

To enter dates, you may type in dates using mm/dd/yyyy format or choose the dates from the calendar prompt.  Use the TAB key to move from question to question.  

Please name your vaccination card photos or scans with the name of the person whose card is being submitted.  We need to see both shots listed.  If the 2nd shot is noted on the back of the card, please send the back as well.

Participant Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Card Upload

Upload an image of the side(s) of your card that contain(s) the actual shot given dates.  If the back of your card has the 2nd shot data, choose the blue "Upload additional image" text to upload the file containing the back of your card after your choose the file to upload the front of your card.

Click on Submit below.  You will receive a confirmation email notifying you that you have successfully submitted your forms and vaccination card.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

In a continual effort to provide the latest information, SONJ will provide links to answer some of the questions you may have regarding the vaccines. This is NOT an endorsement or suggestion that you get the vaccine. All decisions should be made individually with the advice of your family and your physician.  The information below is compiled from Federal, State and local agencies and organizations that support individuals with intellectual disabilities.

SONJ will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.

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Who is eligible to get the vaccine?

New Jersey is currently providing vaccines for many groups of individuals and is adding new groups constantly.  Click on this link frequently to see the most updated information This includes Healthcare personnel, long-term care residents and staff, first responders and Individuals at High Risk. - https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/slowing-the-spread/who-is-eligible-for-vaccination-in-new-jersey-who-is-included-in-the-vaccination-phases

Can I get COVID from the vaccine?

No. The 3 approved vaccines do not contain the live virus which causes COVID-19. – https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/slowing-the-spread/how-do-covid-19-vaccines-work

If I tested positive for COVID-19, do I need the vaccine?
Will the vaccine prevent me from getting sick?

The current medical information shows that the vaccine protects most people by creating an immune response without making you sick. – https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/slowing-the-spread/how-do-covid-19-vaccines-work

Will the vaccine change my DNA?

The vaccine is not able to alter or change a person’s genetic makeup (DNA). – https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/slowing-the-spread/how-do-covid-19-vaccines-work

Are there side-effects to the vaccine?

After receiving an injection of a COVID-19 vaccine, you will be observed for 15 minutes by healthcare staff to monitor any side effects. Observation may be longer (30 minutes) if you have a history of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction).

Like many vaccines, a COVID-19 vaccine may cause some temporary discomfort. In addition to a sore arm, side effects of the vaccines may include tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever, injection site swelling, injection site redness, nausea, feeling unwell, and swollen lymph nodes. There is a small chance that vaccines could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour, which is why all individuals should be observed for at least 15 minutes after vaccination and 30 minutes if they have a history of a severe allergic reaction due to any cause. - https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/slowing-the-spread/are-covid-19-vaccines-safe-and-effective-how-were-they-tested-and-approved

Is the vaccine free?

No one will have to pay for the vaccine. Your insurance may be billed, however, there will be no cost to the individual. – https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/assistance-and-benefits/is-the-covid-19-vaccine-free-what-if-i-dont-have-insurance

Can I choose which vaccine to get?

Maybe. You may be able to ask which vaccine your site is giving.

How many shots do I need?

You currently need 2 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. You should get your second dose within 2-3 weeks from the first dose and it should be the same vaccine as the first one. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only 1 shot.

Where can I get my vaccine?

Once you register and receive an email to schedule an appointment, you can use this list to find a site. – https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients

What are the requirements to be considered fully vaccinated?

In order to be considered fully vaccinated, individuals 5 years and older must recieve a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine in on of the following:

For persons 18 and older, a primary series consists of:

  • A 2-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 mRNA vaccine (preferred), or
  • A single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine)

For children 5 years through 17 years of age, a primary series consists of 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

The NJ COVID-19 Information Hub. https://covid19.nj.gov/ – This is the State of New Jersey’s central hub for all information regarding the pandemic, vaccines, travel, and workplace restrictions.

COVID-19 Vaccine information – https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine – you can register for the vaccine, determine eligibility, and find out where the vaccines will be distributed.

The Arc of New Jersey webpage with additional resources and videos for individuals with I/DD, DSP’s, and families – https://www.arcnj.org/information/covid-19-updates-information/covid-19-vaccine-information.html