AtlantiCare Walk-In COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Offering Free Sandwiches for Vaccine Recipients

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The AtlantiCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City will host a COVID-19 vaccine walk-in clinic on Wednesday in which community members who get inoculated can receive a free sandwich from the White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City.

The event, which will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12 at 1401 Atlantic Ave., is for residents aged 18 and older. AtlantiCare will administer doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine model during the event, which also will provide free parking to those who choose to participate.

You don’t need an appointment in order to be eligible to get vaccinated as part of this event.

This is one of several incentive-driven COVID-19 vaccine initiatives taking place throughout New Jersey as the state aims to fully inoculate 70% of its adult population, or approximately 4.7 million people, by the beginning of summer. Most notably, the “Shot for a Beer” program run by the state of New Jersey will allow residents aged 21 and older to get one free beer at select locations throughout the state if they show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.

As of Monday morning, New Jersey’s COVID-19 dashboard reported that a total of 8,010,461 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to New Jerseyans in and out of the state. Of those, a total of 3,631,133 people from the state are fully inoculated against the pandemic after receiving their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna’s models (or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson model). An estimated 162,349 New Jersey residents who live or work outside of the state are fully inoculated.

Most of New Jersey’s COVID-19-related safety restrictions — including capacity limits at indoor businesses like restaurants — will be lifted on May 19 as the state prepares to reopen from the pandemic. Measures like mask-wearing and social distancing at indoor public venues, however, will not be lifted in New Jersey until the CDC offers updated guidance on them.

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