PRINCETON, NJ — Beginning next week, Mercer County will get an extra 700 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines per week from the state. County Executive Brian M. Hughes made the announcement during his 2021 State of the County speech on Thursday.
Currently the county receives 800 doses every week, which it distributes to vaccine sites across the county and to health departments in towns.
Mecer will now have a total of 1,500 doses to distribute.
“This is promising news but the fact remains that New Jersey needs more vaccine from the federal government, on which we rely,” Huges said.
“We must work together, and when the vaccine supply improves, we will move forward as rapidly as we can.”
On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy said the state will get $216 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to boost vaccine distribution by 16 percent. The funds will pay for costs associated with storage, transport, distribution, and administration of vaccines
Mercer County has partnered with Capital Health to open a vaccination site at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, which is up and running.
It plans to open a vaccination site at Mercer County Community College in the coming weeks with support from municipal health staff departments and MCCC nursing students, Hughes said.
The County Executive praised and thanked health care professionals and first responders from the county, as well as essential workers who found themselves on the front lines in the battle against the pandemic.
He applauded the county workforce for enabling the government to continue delivering programs and services “despite the many obstacles presented by the pandemic.”
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