FEMA-run mass COVID-19 vaccination site set to open in Newark by March 31
Three more mass COVID-19 vaccination sites are opening across the country, with one of them opening in New Jersey.
When the site is up and running next week will be able to vaccinate 42,000 people per week when it is fully supplied.
Setup is now underway on the campus of NJIT in Newark. It was chosen as the location because it will be accessible to outsiders. The site will be in the Naimoli Recreation Center.
Workers were on site Friday building a handicapped-accessible ramp. Box trucks were being unloaded of chairs and cubicles that are being set up inside.
“Six-thousand doses a day, seven days a week and will focus on ensuring vaccine equity and reaching deep into communities with higher risks of exposure,” Gov. Phil Murphy said.
Since this is one of the FEMA sites, the vaccine doses will come from the federal government, and will be separate from the state supply. There are 25 mass vaccination sites across the country.
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In addition to the Newark location, sites will also open in Boston and Norfolk. The Newark site will have a great impact at getting those in New Jersey’s largest city protected from the coronavirus.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said on Twitter that he was grateful for leadership “bringing more vaccines to us where we need them the most.”
This site will be needed as New Jersey aims to have herd immunity against the virus by the summer.
The Newark site is set to open by March 31. When the facility has supplies, it will be the largest vaccination center in the state. Registration is already open.
President Joe Biden has called for states to open vaccine eligibility to all Americans by May 1.