Essex, Monmouth county-run vaccine sites receive vaccine deliveries; will resume appointments Tuesday
COVID-19 vaccine sites operated by Essex and Monmouth counties have received their shot deliveries and are set to resume appointments Tuesday.
The sites had to cancel appointments scheduled for Monday due to continued weather-related delivery delays.
Essex received 28,000 doses Monday morning so its five county-run locations will be up and running Tuesday.
"From tomorrow on for the rest of this week we will be doing about 4,000 vaccinations a day for the next six days," says Phil Alagia, Essex County chief of staff.
The county will be playing catch-up after the snowstorm that gripped the nation and held up shipments in Kentucky and Connecticut. County workers are now rescheduling people.
"We have a 35-team call center rescheduling everyone's appointments, reaching out to everyone through email and text messages," says Alagia.
Monmouth also received its shipment of 5,000 doses after two locations in Freehold and Lincroft had to close Monday.
"All of the people scheduled for tomorrow will be coming on their normal time," says Monmouth County Commissioner Thomas Arnone. "We will be calling and rescheduling appointments from last week."
Arnone says people who had an appointment Monday will be rescheduled for March 1.
Statewide mega-sites are also getting delivery of doses of Pfizer and Moderna.
"Most sites will receive deliveries of Moderna first doses today," says Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.
Persichilli says people who had an appointment Monday will be contacted about rescheduling.
The health department reports that 33% of adults 80 and over have received one dose of the vaccine. Thirty-three percent of people ages 65 to 79 have also received their first dose.