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Mary T. "Marie" Mealey-Wilmot (nee Collier), of Gloucester City, formerly of Fairview


We are proud to announce that our School of Osteopathic Medicine’s COVID-19 Vaccination Center is ready to join the national effort to vaccinate our front line health care providers. We expect to receive the vaccine in the coming week and then move quickly according to NJ Department of Health’s distribution guidelines. Screen Shot 2020-12-21 at 20.14.25
This is wonderful news, not only for our institution, but, more importantly, for our region and state.
We invite you to visit our newly created Vaccination Center website. It will constantly evolve and serve as the primary source of information about the phases of vaccination and when to register. We also plan to have a series of information sessions for the University and community members once the center is operating.
We’re also pleased to announce that we have been asked to provide assistance to a mega vaccination site that will be at Rowan College of South Jersey. It is expected to vaccinate 2,500 people a day.
Remarkably, these developments—establishing a long-term vaccination center and assisting with a regional vaccination site at RCSJ—have occurred within just the past two weeks.
As is the Rowan way, our employees immediately mobilized, demonstrating extraordinary commitment, teamwork, leadership, expertise, and enthusiasm to ensure that our vaccination center is ready to provide equitable access to the vaccine for our fellow citizens.
Every vaccination we give has the potential to save many lives from a deadly disease, one that has affected every one of us very personally. As a University community, we are proud--and extraordinarily thankful--to contribute to such an incredible endeavor.
Yours truly,
Dr. Ali A. Houshmand, President
Dr. Thomas Cavalieri, Dean, RowanSOM