By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
RUNNEMEDE, N.J. — The Camden County Office of Veteran Affairs and the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia have made 588 COVID-19 vaccines available to South Jersey veterans.
The vaccines will be available at the Harry Williams Community Center, which is located at the intersection of Broadway and North Black Horse Pike in Runnemede. They’ll only be available by appointment between 7:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, and you can secure your spot by calling (215) 823-4014 to make an appointment. Appointments will be accepted until all available time slots have been filled.
“After months spent in isolation, these vaccinations will be an incredible benefit for the mental and physical health of our region’s veterans,” Camden County Commissioner Melinda Kane, who also serves as liaison to the Office of Veterans Affairs, said in a press release. “While we wish that enough resources were available to offer these services more broadly, we are thankful for our partners at the VA for making it possible to increase the number of veterans able to receive this life-changing vaccine.”
At this time, the two organizations hosting the event are only allowing veterans — not their spouses or other family members — to be vaccinated. Those who want to be vaccinated at this pop-up center must already be enrolled for VA benefits, and they must be 75 years of age or older. Those aged 65-74 who have serious health conditions can also sign up to be vaccinated on Saturday.
According to New Jersey’s COVID-19 dashboard’s data as of 4 p.m. Monday, 33,890 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered in Camden County. Statewide, nearly 600,000 vaccines have been administered — including 75,456 people being fully vaccinated with both doses of Pfizer and Moderna’s models.
In addition to the two currently-approved COVID-19 vaccine models, Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot vaccine is expected to receive the same emergency-use authorization from the FDA within the coming weeks. Pfizer and Moderna’s models require two separate doses taken over the course of a few weeks.
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