Health officials roll out plans for vaccinations

Health officials across the state are announcing procedures to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Staff and residents at one West Orange nursing facility will kick off the New Year by getting the coronavirus vaccine. Shots will be given out at Daughters of Israel at 10:30 a.m.
The Monmouth County Health Department began distributing vaccinations this week with a focus on mobile sites in the days to come.  Already several hundred people meeting the criteria in Group 1-A received shots at the Monmouth County Health Department.  Starting next week, a mobile vaccination program will provide on-site vaccines similar to the county's mobile testing centers. Freeholder Director Tom Arnone says 400 people have already signed up for the mobile vaccinations. "Our main purpose is to make it accessible to residents of Monmouth County and try to get this done where we are providing everybody the ability in due time to get vaccinated if they choose to get vaccinated."            
In addition to the vaccines available at the Health Department in Freehold, mobile vaccinations are scheduled next Tuesday at the Middletown Fire Department on Route 35 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday at the Shore Area Communication Center on Route 33 in Neptune 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. People meeting the criteria should sign up using the county's website.
Passaic County began offering their first round of vaccines at the county department of health services. Over 216 people made appointments Sunday to get the Moderna vaccine. Those in Group1-A, which includes frontline workers like doctors, nurses and EMS, are eligible to get it right now. Those that get the vaccine will need to get a second dose in about 4 weeks. Passaic County freeholder Pat Lepore says residents will be told when they can come back in.  "And it'll be setup where you'll be notified. There will be notifications either through email but the person getting the vaccine today will be able to communicate with the county when the next round is."
And Atlantic County is now accepting appointments for eligible residents in group 1-A to get vaccinated. This group includes long-term care residents and staff and healthcare personnel who are at high risk for contracting the virus. Vaccines will be given out next week, Tuesday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing. Walk-ins will not be accepted. You can make an appointment on the county's website.