SOMERVILLE, NJ - Residents 65 years and older can now register for COVID-19 vaccination shots at Somerset County's drive-in clinic at Raritan Valley Community College.
The drive-in clinic started serving healthcare workers, law enforcement officials, first responders, and seniors earlier this year and has provided more than 1,400 vaccination shots, according to officials.
County officials hope to secure more COVID-19 vaccine doses from state and federal agencies to ramp up its efforts.
“We understand the desire of our residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible so we can see an end to this pandemic, and the County is doing everything it can to distribute the vaccine we receive as soon as it arrives,” Board of County Commissioners Director, Shanel Y. Robinson said in a news release. “The supply of vaccine is limited now, but as the state and federal governments increase our allocations we will similarly increase the number of clinics to vaccinate every resident who wants to be vaccinated.”
Due to limited supply clinics will be scheduled on a week-to-week basis until there is more certainty in vaccine allocations, according to officials.
“Somerset County has the ability to vaccinate hundreds of people a day at our drive-in clinics, but unfortunately due to the limited supply everyone is facing we are constrained on how many people we can take care of,” Robinson said. “We ask for Somerset County’s patience and understanding."
Currently, the site at Raritan Valley Community College will be open up to three times per week depending on vaccine supply. The Somerset County Department of Health is currently identifying locations and private partners for future clinics.
The SCDH will announce new sites at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us<http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/> and on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SomersetCountyNJ with a link to the registration site. Registration is required.
The State of New Jersey has listed additional locations where residents can sign up to receive vaccines as long as they are in Phase 1 Group A:
- Hunterdon Family Medicine at Bridgewater - 250 Route 28, Suite 100, Bridgewater, 908-237-4238
- ShopRite Pharmacy #447, 601 Route 206, Hillsborough, vaccines.shoprite.com
- ShopRite Pharmacy of Bernardsville, 93 Morristown Rd/Route #202, Bernardsville, vaccines.shoprite.com
Any New Jersey resident or worker interested in receiving a vaccine in those categories or in the general population should register at https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/ to be notified when they will be eligible to attend a vaccination clinic during the roll-out.