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UNION COUNTY, NJ – New Jersey has been expanding the number of publicly listed COVID-19 vaccination sites, and the state continues to announce new locations in Union County and elsewhere.
The state has provided a list of vaccine sites in your area. Some are accepting appointments directly, but some area not (see the Union County list of vaccine sites below).
Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said the state plans to increase the number of vaccination sites beyond 300. State officials have said the goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population by the spring.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey has created a county-by-county vaccine hub that reports the number of immunizations across the state.
"We're working strategically and efficiently to vaccinate our frontline health care workers, law enforcement and fire professionals and long-term care center residents and staff," he said.
Health officials said not all sites are publicly listed because some are not open to the public, such as prisons and psychiatric hospitals.
Persichilli said New Jersey currently doesn't have a lot of vaccine availability, but she expects that to change soon. The incoming Biden presidential administration has said that it plans to greatly expand the number of vaccine doses available to the American public.
New Jersey recently expanded the list of eligible people, allowing police and fire professionals and people older than 65 to get the vaccine. Read more: NJ Expands COVID Vaccine To 65 & Older, Those With Medical Issues
Persichilli said the state has administered at least 36 percent of vaccine doses allocated. Hospitals have administered vaccines at least 50 percent of their health care workers.
Her hope is to continue to expand the number of "mega-sites" in convention centers and large spaces, aiming for 1,000 people vaccinated a day.
You can find out if you qualify by going here: When Can You Get COVID-19 Vaccine In NJ? Here's The New 2021 List
Here are the currently listed public vaccine sites in Union County. As of Friday, they will only vaccinate people 18 and up:
City of Elizabeth Health Department
418 Palmer St.
Elizabeth NJ, 07202
Union County Department of Health
400 North Avenue East Westfield
Neighborhood Health Services - Plainfield
1700 Myrtle Avenue Plainfield
Rahway Health Department
1 City Hall Plaza Rahway
RMG Urgent Care Center Springfield
200 US Highway 22 Springfield
RWJ Rahway Clinic
865 Stone Street Rahway
ShopRite Pharmacy #163
76 Central Ave.
Clark, NJ 07066
ShopRite Pharmacy Of Elizabeth
865 West Grand St
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Union County - Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083
The Union County main vaccination site is offering the Moderna vaccine. Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines, including the Moderna vaccine, are a new type of vaccine that doesn't include the weakened virus, but teaches human cells to make a protein that triggers the immune response (read more about that here).
Gov. Phil Murphy reportedly said last week that he'd like to start vaccinating the general public by Memorial Day.
Here is a link to see the updated list of people eligible in New Jersey.
Here are statewide coronavirus resources:
NJ COVID-19 Information Hub: https://covid19.nj.gov/
General COVID-19 questions: 2-1-1
NJ COVID-19 hotline: (800) 222-1222
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