Toms River front-line workers inoculated with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. Phil Murphy was in Ocean County Wednesday morning to watch front-line workers receive some of the first doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.
They joined the more than 27,700 workers who have received the vaccine so far.
This was at the Ocean Health Initiative center in Toms River, one of the state's first drive through vaccination sites.
Dr. Jesus Melendez, a pharmacist and coordinator at OHI, was the first of 200 health care workers to get the shot.
Many COVID-19 patients were initially treated at smaller facilities like OHI.
Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli said the next step is preparing for wide scale vaccination.
“We expect, within the next several months, to set up more than 200 sites to provide access to individuals in New Jersey who want to get vaccinated. They will include county sites, county and local health departments, urgent cares, select retail pharmacies, primary care providers and, of course, our federally qualified health centers,” Persichilli said.
Vaccinations at long-term care facilities are scheduled to begin Monday.