10 cities hard hit by COVID to open community-based vaccination centers
In the coming weeks, Gov. Phil Murphy said at his virtual coronavirus press conference Friday, New Jersey will receive federal assistance as it prepares to open 10 community-based vaccination sites throughout the state.
Last week, Murphy hinted that an official announcement will be forthcoming about community-based vaccination locations.
First site opens February 15th
Sites in Somerset, Trenton, Elizabeth, Vineland, and Paterson will open and the first will be run at Lincoln Gardens’ First Baptist Church in Somerset on Feb. 15.
The governor has not announced precise locations for the other four cities, when they will open or where the other five locations will be. He noted that for two weeks, both will be open seven days a week and then re-open for second doses.
Town or Township residency required
Only individuals who live in the town or township where the vaccine clinic is located will be entitled to receive a shot at the site.
“In communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and some of our most diverse and socioeconomically challenged communities, these locations are strategically placed,” Murphy said.
According to Murphy, appointments will be required and will be handled by community groups and places of worship hosting the sites in partnership with the state. When opening dates draw closer, particular locations will be published.
The Department for Federal Emergency Services and the U.S. The Department of Defense is helping, too.