County Hopes to Clear 11,000-Person Waiting List as State Expected to Increase Weekly Supply

MIDDLETOWN, NJ — Monmouth County has joined with Monmouth Medical Center and Brookdale Community College to open a coronavirus vaccination site on the college’s main campus in Lincroft.

Located at the Robert J. Collins Arena, the site will be open five days a week, including Saturday, for qualifying residents to receive their COVID-19 vaccines by appointment only.

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But don’t expect to get a shot anytime soon at the new site. With a waiting list of 11,000 persons, county officials expect to start receiving 2,500 doses a week from the state — with 2,000 to be administered at the Brookdale site and 500 at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building in Freehold.

During the past month, the county has received a total of 500 vaccines per week — far short what is needed to meet demand based on Monmouth’s population, officials said.

“We have been having a difficult time getting vaccine,” said Monmouth County Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone during a January 22 press conference at the new vaccination site. “Now we are being told we will be getting a consistent number.”

Distribution of the vaccine by the state has not been handled fairly, he said. “We thought it would be distributed by population. We’re not asking for the most, but asking for the fifth most because we are the fifth largest county in the state.”

In addition, none of New Jersey’s six vaccinations “mega-sites” are located in either Monmouth and Ocean Counties — even though both counties are among the most populated in the state, and rank among the top in terms of residents age 65 and older.

“I was not pleased with that decision,” Arnone said. “There would have been a site in this region. But there’s not much we can do but lobby and fight for more vaccines.”

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 age 65 and older, as well as those 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.

 

In photo above: Monmouth County Commissioner Director Thomas Arnone, at podium, is joined by, from left, Monmouth Medical Center president and CEO Eric Carney, County Commissioner Deputy Director Susan Kiley, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden and Brookdale Community College president David Stout for the opening of the county's vaccination site at the college's Robert J. Collins Arena.

 

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