By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
MOORESTOWN, N.J. — On Sunday, the Burlington County COVID-19 vaccine mega site administered its 300,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine models. Virtua Health, which runs the day-to-day operations of the mega site, held an event to celebrate the occasion on Sunday morning.
One guest was selected as the honorary recipient of the 300,000th dose, and Virtua Health also displayed a number of face mask designs created by community members as part of its “design your own facemask” activity to celebrate the milestone. Some of these mask designs were even created into actual masks used by Virtua’s workers at the vaccine mega site.
The Moorestown Mall was selected as one of six vaccine hubs to serve as mega sites for New Jersey’s effort to inoculate community members against COVID-19. It’s one of three located in South Jersey along with the Atlantic City Convention Center and Rowan College of South Jersey’s Gloucester county campus in Deptford Township.
As of Monday morning, New Jersey had administered a total of 6,661,861 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine models, according to its COVID-19 dashboard. The state has now administered at least one dose of the vaccine models to 4,091,234 people in the state, and of those, 2,819,226 people are fully inoculated after receiving both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna models of the vaccine (or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson model).
Over the weekend, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can resume in the United States. The country paused use of the vaccine after reports of rare cases of blood clotting found in women aged 50 and younger who received the vaccine, but the CDC recommended resuming use of the vaccine along with a warning about potential blood clotting to come with the vaccine.
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