By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
NORTHFIELD, N.J. — The VA clinic in Northfield will host a COVID-19 vaccination event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 for veterans and their families.
The clinic, which is located at 1909 New Road in Northfield, will offer COVID-19 vaccines to veterans, their spouses, and their caregivers — who are defined as family members or friends who take care of a veteran. The SAVE LIVES Act of 2021 gives veterans’ affairs clinics the authority to offer vaccines to people in these categories along with recipients of civilian health and medical program of VA departments.
Northfield’s clinic will allow walk-ins at this event. However, those who plan on attending are encouraged to stop by the VA clinic between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at some point this week to pre-register for the event. Pre-registering for the event will save you time on the day of the vaccination.
As of Tuesday morning, New Jersey’s COVID-19 dashboard reported that 4,794,010 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered statewide. Of those, 1,845,335 were second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna models (or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson model), meaning those people are fully vaccinated. The state is now 39.3% of the way to its goal of vaccinating 4.7 million adult residents by the end of May.
All adults aged 16 and older will become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on April 19, as announced by Governor Phil Murphy during his regularly-scheduled COVID-19 briefing on Monday. In the meantime, all adults aged 55 and older along with those who have preexisting medical conditions and a number of different essential workers are eligible to get vaccinated in New Jersey.
Last week, the state launched the beta version of its COVID-19 vaccine appointment finder — a tool that lists off every location in the state that offers COVID-19 vaccines. The appointment finder and upcoming expansion of eligibility for vaccinations are both part of New Jersey’s latest push to reach its goal of vaccinating 4.7 million people.
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