Therapy Dogs Provide Support to Vaccination Center Staff
After nearly one year of its nonstop response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Camden County Health Department, Jefferson Health- New Jersey, Rutgers-Camden Nursing faculty and staff were visited by a team of four-legged first responders. Staff was given time on Wednesday to meet and interact with a squad of Crisis Response Canines, a group of emotional support dogs who offer strength and comfort to families, individuals, and first responders during times of intense traumatic emotions and in the aftermath of critical incidents.
“These men and women have been on the job 24/7 for nearly 12 months, responding to constituents, locating testing services, preparing the vaccination rollout, and much more,” said County Commissioner Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Health Department. “We know that mental health is a critical part of overall health, and hopefully this short visit can alleviate some of the toll taken by a year of unending crisis response.”