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Somerset County exceeds COVID vaccination targets ahead of July 4 target

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Residents of Somerset County are declaring their independence from the COVID-19 pandemic by exceeding the goal of reaching a 70% vaccination rate by July 4.

According to the state Department of Health, 201,783 county residents had received the full cycle of COVID-19 vaccination as of June 30. This represents 71% of all residents aged 12 and over and over 76% of all adult residents.

“It’s great news for everyone that we exceeded our initial immunization goals long before the Independence Day goal, and it’s a testament to the partnership between state, county, municipalities. and private vaccine providers that we have reached this milestone, ”Somerset County Director Commissioner Shanel Y. Robinson said in a statement. “We are on the right track to return to a more normal way of life, but there is still work to be done and many more people to be vaccinated in communities that have not yet reached the 70% target. “

The work is not done.

Somerset County will continue to offer the Pfizer vaccine to residents 12 years of age and older at Somerset County facilities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays other than public holidays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The county will also administer the J&J and Moderna vaccine at pop-up clinics in communities with low vaccination rates and other high traffic locations.

Residents can find all scheduled vaccination clinics in Somerset County on the county website.

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According to recent US Census figures, Somerset County has 282,443 residents aged 12 and over, all of whom are eligible to be vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, while those 18 and over can be vaccinated with Moderna vaccines. or Johnson & Johnson.

“Somerset County has been working hard to vaccinate its residents, whether at one of our clinics, a pharmacy or other provider, and will continue to do so as the key to ending this pandemic is having a high percentage of residents vaccinated, “Dr Namitha Ready, director of the Somerset County Department of Health, said in a statement:” We are now focusing on communities with lower vaccination rates, students and adolescents, and high traffic areas to continue to increase our number of vaccinations. “

In January, the county began distributing the Moderna vaccine at a drive-thru clinic at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg.

In February, when it became apparent that older residents were having difficulty securing vaccine appointments, the county created a waiting list for seniors that residents could reach by phone call. This list was used to make appointments at senior center clinics, cohabitation communities and pop-up clinics throughout the county.

At the end of March, Somerset County was among New Jersey’s top three counties in percentage of residents vaccinated, but some communities were lagging behind.

The county then began targeting these communities with pop-up clinics in public spaces such as Bound Brook Station, North Plainfield Fire House, Manville VFW and Somerville’s Division Street.

The county has also partnered with school districts to offer vaccination clinics for students 12 and older and has vaccinated teens at the Bridgewater Wellness Center.

This partnership with school districts, the first in New Jersey, has increased the percentage of adolescents vaccinated for the start of the September school year.

Several districts have requested additional clinics in late summer and early in the school year to help prevent outbreaks when schools open in September.

According to state figures, the towns in Somerset County with the highest vaccination rates are Far Hills (81%) and Montgomery (73%). The cities with the lowest vaccination rates are Manville (48%) and Peapack-Gladstone (49%) where, ironically, Pfizer has a corporate campus on Route 206.

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Mike Deak is a reporter for mycentraljersey.com. To get unlimited access to his Somerset and Hunterdon Counties articles, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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