By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — AtlantiCare, a health provider based in Atlantic County, will open up 31,000 COVID-19 vaccination appointments to eligible New Jersey residents over the course of the next week as part of a “grand scheduling event.”
All 31,000 appointments will take place between March 31 and April 30 at the Atlantic City COVID-19 vaccine mega site at the Atlantic City Convention Center. AtlantiCare will make sign-ups official at three different times this week:
- Tuesday, March 30: 3 p.m.
- Thursday, April 1: 6 p.m.
- Saturday, April 3: 9 a.m.
You can find all of the information about the vaccination sign-ups — including how to register — here.
As of Monday morning, New Jersey has administered more than 4,000,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the state still has a long way to go before reaching its goal of fully vaccinating 4.7 million people by the end of May, which was set when the state began its vaccine rollout last December. New Jersey has fully vaccinated more than 1.4 million people thus far, and the state has steadily maintained a pace of 500,000 doses administered per week for the last four weeks.
In addition to AtlantiCare’s 31,000 appointments opening up, Atlantic County has also created a separate program to ensure that senior citizens get vaccinated. Some seniors haven’t been able to schedule appointments despite being among the first to become eligible for the vaccine, so Atlantic County has reserved appointments at specific Walmart and Sam’s Club locations. Cumberland County has also opened up a hotline for elderly residents still struggling to secure vaccine appointments.
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