Underserved Communities to Receive Vaccine Access Through New Community-Based Partnership

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

TRENTON, N.J. — To provide equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Phil Murphy announced the launch of a community-based vaccine partnership that will establish vaccination sites in five different locations throughout the state, including Vineland.

The partnership, which includes the New Jersey Department of Health, New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Defense will bring together local faith leaders, nonprofit organizations, and local officials and health departments to provide vaccines to some of the most socioeconomically challenged communities in the state.

“Among our highest priorities is ensuring equitable access to appointments and vaccinations,” Gov. Murphy said in a press release. “We are grateful for this unique partnership between our state agencies, federal government, and faith and local leaders as we begin this new phase in our vaccination effort to provide New Jerseyans with access to vaccine.”

Each vaccination site will be able to vaccinate 1,500 people per week. The exact location of Vineland’s COVID-19 vaccination site will be disclosed at a later date.

To be vaccinated, community members must make an appointment at the vaccination site. Only immediate members of the community who live in the town where the vaccine sites are located will be eligible to be vaccinated.

As of Wednesday, New Jersey has given more than 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of those, 425,326 people received the second dose of the vaccine that renders them fully protected against the virus. Despite these numbers, many have had difficulty scheduling appointments to receive the vaccine, which is only being administered to older and at-risk community members along with front line and essential workers at this time.

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.