Union County Sites Announced As COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout To Begin

Caren Lissner

UNION COUNTY, NJ — As New Jersey rolls out its coronavirus vaccination plan, the state has listed three Union County sites so far where health care workers can make an appointment to get vaccinated. The sites were announced as a report TAPInto revealed that Union County residents over 75 may be able to get the vaccines as early as next month.

The state this week listed the following locations in Union County for health care workers to make an appointment for the vaccine:

  • City of Elizabeth Health Department (418 Palmer St.)

  • ShopRite Pharmacy of Clark (76 Central Ave.)

  • ShopRite Pharmacy of Elizabeth (865 West Grand St.)

These sites are operating by appointment only and documentation of health care status will be required.

The full list of vaccination sites for health care workers throughout New Jersey can be found here.

The fact sheet about New Jersey's vaccination phases, and who will get it first, can be found here.

Initially, the vaccine will only be available in a limited supply therefore the vaccine will be administered in phase groups. The order is:

Phase 1A- Healthcare workers and long-term care facilities
Phase 1B- Other essential workers
Phase 1C- Adults 65 and over and those with underlying medical conditions
Phase 2- General public

Nursing homes were expected to start vaccinating before Christmas, but the process was delayed after the state missed a deadline. The rollout at nursing homes began this past Monday at a facility in Old Bridge.

Toll of 344,000

As of New Year's Eve, nearly 344,000 Americans had died from coronavirus. (See which states are experiencing the highest death tolls on this CDC map).

Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines, including the Moderna vaccine, are a new type of vaccine that doesn't include the weakened virus, but rather, teaches human cells to make a protein that triggers the immune response (read more about that here).

More information about Covid-19 vaccination is available at the New Jersey Department of Health’s website at nj.gov/health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at cdc.gov.

In total, more than 16,900 people in New Jersey have now passed away from the virus.

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This article originally appeared on the Westfield Patch