TRENTON, NJ — Lawmakers from Monmouth and Ocean Counties are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to establish coronavirus vaccination sites in age-restricted communities as a way to speed up getting shots in the arms of senior citizens.
“Providing the opportunity to be vaccinated right in their own community would be a tremendous relief to these senior citizens. We have heard from hundreds of seniors who still cannot schedule appointments via the internet. Unfortunately, there still is a great need for people to be able to make appointments without using a computer,” said Sen. Bob Singer, and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward “Ned” Thomson (R-Monmouth/Ocean) in a March 2 letter to Murphy. The request from the 30th District legislators, comes on the heels of Johnson & Johnson's rollout of its new COVID-19 vaccine.
Both counties are home to more than 100 adult communities, which are restricted to residents who are at least age 55. And many of those individuals are older and not drive or drive long distances, according to the lawmakers, pointing out that none of New Jersey’s six mega-sites are located in either Monmouth or Ocean County as well.
“Some (seniors) are nervous to go to a mega-site for vaccination with many unknown people,” the letter continued. “Other seniors cannot safely drive a long distance to a mega-site … Therefore, we urge you to support vaccinations provided right in senior communities and allocate resources needed for such a program.”