Middlesex County opens COVID-19 vaccine clinic for health care workers in Sayreville
Release Date: January 07, 2021
SAYREVILLE – Middlesex County has officially opened its first COVID-19 vaccination site for qualifying Phase 1A recipients.
Appointments are necessary for the Moderna vaccine that will be given only to qualified recipients from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, and, contingent upon supply, again Friday at the Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive.
The vaccine will only be administered to Phase 1A individuals who have an appointment. Appointments are available by visiting bit.ly/3ojfAqz.
Qualified Phase 1A individuals, which include health care workers and long-term care staff and residents, must show proof of agency affiliation, according to the county.
The county plans to administer up to 500 doses per day.
Additional sites are currently being evaluated, a county official said.
“Since day one of the pandemic, Middlesex County has been on the forefront in the fight against COVID-19, even making history when we provided the first-ever saliva-based test to our residents in April,” County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios said in a statement. “The vaccine is a pivotal breakthrough in this battle –it signals hope for many of us. We are eager and excited to work with Gov. Murphy and his team to continue the deployment of this vaccine in the coming months.”
Health care workers are defined as any paid or unpaid person working or volunteering in a health care setting who may have direct or indirect contact with infectious persons or materials.
These individuals include:
- Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and any other licensed or registered professionals
- Health care support staff in areas like facilities management, security, food services, environmental services, administrative services, human resources, reception, language services, IT, laboratory, and other health care support areas
- Community health workers, promotoras, home health aides, visiting nurses, doulas, health educators, and public health professionals
- Those working at vaccination sites, including trainees, students, volunteers, vaccinating site staff, and contractors
- Other personnel like EMS, paramedics, funeral staff, mortuary staff, and autopsy workers.
Long-term care facilities may include:
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Veterans homes
- Assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, and personal care homes
- HUD Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program housing
- Group homes like residential care homes, residential dementia care homes, comprehensive care homes, adult family homes, adult foster homes, and intellectual and developmental disabilities IDD group homes
- Other vulnerable, congregate, long-term settings.
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