Woman, 95, Leads Way As Chatham Senior Home Gets COVID-19 Vaccine

Josh Bakan

CHATHAM, NJ — Brighter days are ahead for Juniper Village at Chatham. Phyllis Campbell, 95, led the way Monday as all residents and staff received COVID-19 vaccinations.

Everyone got vaccinated except for one or two people who couldn't receive it at the time. CVS administered the vaccines.

"This is a superb, wonderful day," said Lynne Katzmann, CEO and founder of Juniper Communities, which operates 22 senior communities. "You can tell by the environment and everybody’s exuberance that we have been waiting 10 long months to get to this point where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel when we’ll be together with family and friends and do the things we love to do."

Campbell said getting vaccinated was an easy process.

“The girls (Juniper Village associates) set up everything," she said. "We just had to answer a few questions, that we felt well today to get the shot, and then went into the room where we got the shot. And the at was it.”

New Jersey remains in Phase 1A of COVID-19 vaccinations. Eligible groups include health-care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. The state recently allowed police and firefighting professionals to become the first members of Group 1B eligible for vaccination. See more info on groupings here.

The state Health Department has reported 17,861 vaccine doses administered in Morris County as of Tuesday evening. New Jersey has logged 243,734 vaccine doses, which includes 219,126 to get an initial dose and 24,532 second doses administered.

"The residents were very excited and happy to get the vaccine, the associates as well," said Frank Pascale, executive director of Juniper Village. "And we look forward to the second clinic when we will get full immunity.”

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