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Posted on: December 21, 2020

Preliminary Information on Preparations to Administer the Coronavirus Vaccine

"Getting a vaccine will keep you from getting COVID-19"

On Friday afternoon, December 18th, Morris County officials convened a teleconference with some 60 Mayors, Administrators, and health officers from across the County for the purposes of informing officials of its plan to inoculate persons with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in the coming months. Mayor Ferramosca, Committeeman and Board of Health member Ron Franciol and Administrator Joe Giorgio participated in the teleconference. 

The plan was presented by Scott DiGiralamo, the County Director of Law and Public Safety. Here is a capsule summary of what will take place: 

*    The County has leased space at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall as one of six regional mega-immunization sites throughout the State. The former Sears store will be utilized in administering inoculations. Any resident of the State can go to any one of the six regional mega-sites;

*    The County plans to operate the site 7 days a week for at least 6 months in keeping with the State's objective to vaccinate 70% of adult residents within 6 months;

*    Preparing the Townsquare location is scheduled to begin in early January 2021. As of this writing, no date has been established as to when the first doses will be administered. However, when the vaccine rolls out, the County plans on administering at least 2400 doses a day. Twenty vaccination lanes will be set-up manned by health care professionals;

*    Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines may be available. However, persons cannot mix doses. The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses;

*    You must pre-register in order to get vaccinated. The State will have more information as to how the general public can sign up once the availability of the vaccines increases. It is anticipated that this may happen in April or May;

*    New Jersey is administering the vaccines in phases as follows:

Category 1a comprises health care professionals and long-term care residents; 

Category 1 b comprises first responders; and 

Category 1 c comprises residents over the age of 65 and those with high-risk medical conditions.

The general public will then receive vaccinations; the State will have additional information once the supply increases. 

*    When you get the vaccine, there is no co-pay and your insurance provider will be billed. If you do not have insurance, you will still get the vaccine free of charge.

*    The Township will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the website.

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