Livingston ShopRite Among Stores In NJ Giving COVID-19 Vaccines

Eric Kiefer

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A ShopRite in Livingston is among the New Jersey sites that will administer COVID-19 vaccines to health care workers, the company announced Monday.

The first wave of COVID-19 vaccines has begun at sites across New Jersey, including in Essex County, where five, county-run vaccination sites have been set up for eligible local residents. They include one at the former Sears in the Livingston Mall, as well as sites in Newark, West Caldwell and West Orange. READ MORE: Updated Information As Essex County COVID Vaccine Sites Announced

Essex County residents may also eventually be able to get their shots at one of the COVID-19 vaccination sites planned to pop up across the state soon, including at Federally Qualified Health Centers and doctor's offices. In all, there will be more than 200 community vaccine sites across New Jersey, officials say.

Those sites include dozens of local ShopRite supermarkets.

On Monday, ShopRite announced that 39 select pharmacies in New Jersey are set to administer COVID-19 vaccines to health care workers as part of its partnership with the state of New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The list includes the ShopRite Pharmacy of Livingston at 483 South Livingston Avenue.

The only other ShopRite in Essex County that will be giving COVID-19 vaccines will be the ShopRite Pharmacy of Newark. Store locations were chosen in coordination with the New Jersey State Department of Health, the company said. (See a full list of locations here)

Currently, vaccines are available to those who are in Phase 1A, which includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials, as well as residents and staff of long-term congregate settings.

Phase 1B of vaccination will include frontline essential workers and people over 75. (Frontline essential workers include grocery store workers, delivery drivers and truckers.)

Phase 1C will include other essential workers, adults 65-74, and persons aged 16-64 with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19.

The general public will be eligible for vaccination in Phase 2 of the plan.

VACCINATIONS AT SHOPRITE: HOW IT WORKS

Are you eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s how the process works, ShopRite said:

“For those eligible, vaccinations are available by appointment only, while supplies last. For more information on eligibility or to make an appointment, visit vaccines.shoprite.com or download the ShopRite Pharmacy mobile app and use the online scheduler. Due to demand, appointment availability may be limited … As part of its partnership with the federal government, ShopRite pharmacies have received an initial shipment of the Moderna vaccine – which requires two inoculations. Those who have specific questions or concerns about the vaccine should consult with their physician or healthcare provider. There is no charge to receive the vaccination.”

Currently, vaccines are not available for the general public. However, ShopRite anticipates expanding access to the vaccine “as soon as the government enters the next phase of the vaccine’s distribution,” the company announced in a news release.

“We are excited to be part of the initial stages of this unprecedented public health campaign as we begin vaccinating healthcare workers who are on the front lines in the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jeffrey Mondelli, vice president of Pharmacy, Health and Beauty at Wakefern Food Corp., the logistics, distribution and merchandising arm for ShopRite stores.

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