On Wednesday, January 13, The Camden County Board of Commissioners opened its new COVID-19 vaccination site at Camden County College in Blackwood with Jefferson Health – New Jersey playing an important supporting role. Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli, Jr., was joined by area healthcare professionals and institutional leaders to talk about the new COVID-19 vaccination site.
Jefferson Health – New Jersey President Brian Sweeney was one of several officials to address a crowd of supporters and news media. The new vaccination site has four operational lanes for Phase 1A – which includes healthcare workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and effective January 14th, people 65 & up and those 16-64 with certain pre-existing conditions. The vaccination site will also accommodate law enforcement and firefighters in the 1B category. Camden County is currently distributing the Moderna vaccine and plans to scale up in the coming weeks to 500 doses a day. Over time, the site will open to members of the general public.
The site will operate six days-a-week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jefferson has been a key supporter of Camden County’s ongoing efforts to fight the coronavirus, taking part in its extensive testing sites last year. Brian Sweeney noted that “vaccination is our best protection against COVID-19 and we are honored to do all we can to help frontline healthcare workers – and eventually, members of the public -- receive this vaccine.” The vaccination site will be staffed by public health employees, and staff from both Jefferson Health – New Jersey and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, along with Rutgers-Camden School of Nursing. Information about vaccine distribution in Camden County is being continuously updated on the county’s webpage, available here. Additional information can be found on the NJDOH webpage, here.