MOORESTOWN, NJ – In an effort to encourage other African Americans to get vaccinated, State Senator Troy Singleton publicly received his first vaccine dose at the Burlington County COVID-19 Vaccine Mega Site on Friday.
“Due to the expansion of eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by the Centers for Disease Control and as a pre-registered Type-2 diabetic, I was able to receive my first vaccine shot today. As President Joe Biden has called for an aggressive expansion of vaccine production under the Defense Production Act and made a commitment to release more doses, it is important that we continue to encourage everyone to register to receive their shot," said Singleton, who represents Bordentown in the Legislature.
"This is critically important in the African American community, as only 3 percent of the 456,000 does administered here in New Jersey have been received by African Americans. This pandemic has had an especially devastating effect on this community, with people of color being hospitalized at a higher rate and dying more often of this disease."
“I felt it was my responsibility to receive this shot publicly today because I am deeply aware of the distrust and hesitation felt by many in the African American community to get the vaccine. This is born frankly out of the appalling and unacceptable historical inequities and mistreatment of people of color with respect to health care and medical experimentation in our nation's history," Singleton said.
“In order for us to aggressively push back on this pandemic in the communities that have been hit the hardest, we must begin by increasing faith in the science and the institutions who have brought this vaccine forward. I received the vaccine with confidence today, and it is my hope that others will come together for each other and the greater good to do so as well.”
The Burlington County COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-Site kicked off its operations on January 15, marking a significant advancement toward slowing and ultimately ending the spread of COVID-19 in the region.
One of six “mega-sites” opening across New Jersey, the Burlington County facility is being operated through a partnership between the State of New Jersey, Burlington County and Virtua Health. The facility at the former Lord & Taylor store at the Moorestown Mall will vaccinate front-line health care workers, first responders and others in accordance with New Jersey’s phased vaccine eligibility plan.