Meadowlands mega site offers final chance to get first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Today marks the last day you can get your first COVID-19 shot at the Meadowlands mega sites in East Rutherford, as the state begins to phase out its six mega sites.

News 12 Staff

Jun 4, 2021, 9:35 AM

Updated 1,055 days ago

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Friday was the last day to get a first COVID-19 shot at the Meadowlands mega sites in East Rutherford, as the state begins to phase out its six mega sites.
The site will only be open for second doses moving forward. The change comes as state and local leaders begin to focus on more localized and community-based vaccination sites.
The Meadowlands site is the third mega site to stop offering first doses. Both the Atlantic and Gloucester County sites stopped Wednesday. Morris County will stop on June 23, Middlesex County on June 26, and Burlington County on July 1.
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“I just finished doing my second shot so it just seems like it’s going quickly and everybody should just get it done,” says Dwyane Jackman, of East Orange.
Gov. Phil Murphy also signed a bill today ending New Jersey's public health emergency, along with more than 100 executive orders. But 14 of them will remain in place through the end of the year, including the Eviction and Shutoff Moratorium, COVID-19 restrictions at day camps, and the ability to reimpose mask mandates.
Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said in a joint statement, "While we celebrate this milestone in our fight against COVID-19, we also acknowledge that the fight against this virus is not over. This legislation ensures that the administration has the tools and flexibility necessary to continue vaccination and testing efforts, ensure protections for vulnerable populations, and oversee and coordinate the health care system, to address this ongoing threat."
The bill does allow the governor to ask the Legislature for a 90-day extension of the remaining emergency powers come January. Sweeney's office says the extension is meant to be one time only.


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