New Jersey Begins Effort to Vaccinate Long-Term Care Facility Residents

By: Alysa Rubin, Writer / Follow South Jersey Public Health Intern

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — On Monday, Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli visited Roosevelt Care Center in Old Bridge to mark the start of New Jersey’s effort to vaccinate residents and staff of long-term care facilities.

“Long-term care facilities across New Jersey and the entire nation have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Murphy said in a press release. “Over the past nine months, we have paid an incredible cost, but today is another positive step forward in our fight against this virus. New Jersey’s comprehensive and inclusive vaccination plan prioritizes individuals living in high-risk, congregate settings, such as nursing homes, Veterans Homes, and assisted living residences.”

Through the Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, more than 83,000 residents and staff at 291 locations across the state are scheduled to be vaccinated through February 2021. More locations will be added in the coming weeks.

The program, which is a partnership between the CDC, Walgreens, and CVS, facilitates on-site vaccinations.

“We are incredibly grateful to CVS and Walgreens for their work with the Federal Pharmacy Partnership program to ensure that we have the resources to vaccinate and protect our most vulnerable populations,” Gov. Murphy added in a release.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.