LINCROFT, NJ: Brookdale Community College has partnered with Monmouth Medical Center to provide a vaccination site at Brookdale Community College’s Robert J. Collins Arena, in the Lincroft section of Middletown, on the main campus.

TAPinto spoke with Brookdale Community College President, David Stout, who commented, "I’m honored to partner with Monmouth County and RWJ Barnabas Health to welcome the public to the COVID-19 vaccination site at Brookdale Community college. Brookdale is proud to play this critical role in helping to defeat COVID19 in our community.  Once again, the County Commissioners, and the staff of Monmouth County, RWJ Barnabas Health, and Brookdale, have demonstrated that no obstacles will stand in the way of our love and care for our community."   

Monmouth County, like most communities, has a very limited amount of vaccines and a lengthy waiting list. 

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In a press release issued by Monmouth County, Commissioner Director Tom Arnone commented, "I am very excited to announce the county’s partnership with Brookdale and Monmouth Medical Center to provide this vaccination site for our residents... Unfortunately, we had been receiving an extremely limited amount of vaccinations and have not been able to meet the demand due to the insufficient supply received from the state. We have been advocating tirelessly for more vaccines for Monmouth County since the beginning, and we will continue to seek more vaccines."

Monmouth County was receiving 500 vaccines per week, but county officials were informed that beginning the week of Jan. 25, the county will receive 2,500 vaccines per week, according to a press release.

“Currently, in New Jersey, vaccines are available to healthcare personnel, long-term care residents and staff, first responders, individuals age 65 and older as well as individuals between the ages of 16 and 64 with medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which increase the risk of severe illness from the virus,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley.

These conditions accordingn to the CDC include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Of the 2,500 vaccines, 2,000 vaccines will be administered at the Brookdale site over five days per week. The other 500 vaccines will be administered at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building in Freehold Township. All vaccines will be administered by appointment only. No walk-ins will be accepted, according to the press release. The Brookdale site will be open five days per week, including Saturday, and offer later hours on Monday. The hours, which are subject to change, will be as follows: Monday from 1-6 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Freehold Township site will continue to operate five days per week, Monday through Friday, and the times will vary based on vaccine availability.

According to the press release, individuals from the county’s waiting list, which currently has more than 11,000 names on it, will receive priority, until the new registration system is ready to go live.”

Residents who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can go to the County’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com and use the Monmouth County COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist to be placed on the waitlist for an appointment for a vaccine.

Those interested in volunteering can call the Monmouth County Health Department Phone Bank at 732-845-2070 or email MonmouthCOVID19@visitmonmouth.com. The next Phase to be vaccinated will be the remainder of the essential workers and the general population. Monmouth County does not know when New Jersey Department of Health will allow for the next Phase to begin receiving vaccines.
For more information regarding the State’s phased approach, go to covid19.nj.gov.

The Brookdale site — under the direction of Monmouth Medical Center, part of Livingston-based RWJBarnabas Health — will be open five days per week: Monday from 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

The Freehold site at 4000 Kozloski Road will continue to operate five days per week, Monday through Friday, and the times will vary based on vaccine availability.

“These hours are subject to change and likely will as the number of vaccines we receive and guidelines continue to change,” said Arnone. “Initially, we will be scheduling individuals from the county’s waiting list until our new registration system is ready to go live.”

County officials emphasize that all vaccines will be administered by appointment only and no walk-ins will be accepted. 

In addition, the mobile vaccination sites in Neptune and Middletown will no longer be operational at this time.

Residents who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (see below) can be placed on the county’s waiting list for an appointment by clicking here.  

The county is also looking for volunteers to register vaccine recipients and administer vaccines. For more information, call the Monmouth County Health Department Phone Bank at 732-845-2070 or email MonmouthCOVID19@visitmonmouth.com.

Other Ways to Find Out How to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Click here to find out about additional vaccination sites in Monmouth County
  • Click here for scheduling information at Hackensack Meridian Health facilities. 
  • Click here for scheduling information at RWJBarnabas Health facilities. 
  • Preregistration continues on the New Jersey vaccine scheduling system, where individuals will be notified when appointments are available. 

Do You Qualify for a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Qualifying health care personnel in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect contact with infectious persons or materials include:

  • Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and other licensed healthcare professionals.
  • Staff at health care facilities, including receptionists, janitors, mortuary services, laboratory technicians.
  • Unpaid workers (interns, trainees, volunteers, essential caregivers, community health workers, EMS paramedics, funeral staff and autopsy workers).
  • Other paid or unpaid people who work in a health care setting and who cannot work from home.

Health care settings in Phase 1A include acute, pediatric and behavioral health hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers, health facilities, rehabilitation facilities (including clinic- and home-based settings), and long-term care facilities and other related settings.

Also qualifying are persons younger than age 65 with the following health conditions that place them at higher risk for coronavirus-related complications are also eligible for the vaccine:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions, including heart failure, coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathies obesity
  • Obesity
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Diabetes (type 2)

In addition, the 2 million smokers in New Jersey are also in this group, while pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system  from solid organ transplant should seek advice from their medical provider about getting vaccinated.

CORONAVIRUS DATA CENTRAL 

  • Click here for New Jersey's COVID-19 vaccine scheduling system, including preregistration. 
  • Click here to access Monmouth County's online vaccine scheduling system.
  • Click here  to access Monmouth County's COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist.
  • Click here for Monmouth County’s latest coronavirus information.
  • Click here for the state’s central online location for official vaccine-related information.
  • Click here for information from the state Department of Health on the coronavirus vaccination, including fact sheets and important state and federal data.
  • Click here for the latest from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Click here for the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard.
  • Click here for New Jersey’s latest COVID-19 Weekly Activity Report.
  • Click here for state COVID-19 testing information.