By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
SEWELL, N.J. — The COVID-19 vaccine megasite at Rowan College of South Jersey’s Gloucester campus is now open. RCSJ announced that the megasite will vaccinate community members from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
On December 18, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the state’s plans to have six megasites serve as mass vaccination hubs. RCSJ-Gloucester was picked as one of three megasites based in South Jersey alongside the Atlantic City Convention Center and the Moorestown Mall.
Right now, the state is currently vaccinating community members classified in the phase 1A and 1B categories. This includes front line healthcare workers and other essential workers. Additionally, residents and staffers at long-term health care facilities are also among those who are receiving vaccines in the early stages of the rollout.
All six of New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccine megasites will be able to accomodate these groups of people along with community members in the phase 1C category, which consists of community members over the age of 65 who also have preexisting health conditions.
“These sites will be in position to vaccinate front-line health care workers, who are part of the so-called ‘1A’ category,” Gov. Murphy said in December. “We anticipate them also being able to accommodate the ‘1B’ category of essential workers before moving to the ‘1C’ category of adults over the age of 65 and those with high-risk medical conditions. With each successive wave, we will get closer to being able to open our vaccination sites to the general public.”
As for members of the general public, the state’s six COVID-19 vaccine megasites aren’t open to them quite yet. However, preregistration for the COVID-19 vaccines is available now. New Jersey set an initial goal of vaccinating 70% of its adult population within six months of the beginning of the vaccine rollout, which was in late December.
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