CAMDEN, NJ — Camden seniors, among the most vulnerable to become infected with the coronavirus, will receive the first dose of the vaccine Thursday morning at First Nazarene Baptist Church in the city.

Still, delays in dose arrivals continue - evidenced by the fact last week's vaccinations were completed with shots provided from local healthcare providers. 

Of the 50,600 appointments made with the county, 1,550 appointments have been completed (97% being the first dose). That figure does not include vaccinations made at local hospitals and long-term care facilities. 

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The more than 49,000 appointments awaiting to be completed extend to June. Only yesterday, Tuesday did the county receive its first 7,000 doses, a spokesman told TAPinto Camden. 

Officials said Thursday's inoculations are made possible through a collaborative effort between Project H.O.P.E., the Board of County Commissioners, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, and the City of Camden.

“The city has faced enormous challenges over the course of this pandemic. While vaccinations are available at sites throughout the county and the city, it is imperative that we get these services directly into the heart of heavily-impacted communities,” said County Commissioner Jon Young. “In addition to making vaccines available, we will need the public’s help in communicating with their family and friends that these vaccines are safe, effective, and critical to moving forward.”

The local health department announced Thursday another 11 coronavirus deaths and 218 new cases (total of 865 deaths and 34,188 cases). In Camden city, at least 127 people have died from the virus and the municipality has confirmed over 7,400 cases. 

A breakdown of the latest deaths is available here (story continues below): 

New 1:

 

MALE,

 

80s,

 

BELLMAWR BOROUGH

 

New 2:

 

MALE,

 

50s,

 

LAWNSIDE BOROUGH

 

New 3:

 

FEMALE,

 

90s,

 

HADDONFIELD BOROUGH

 

New 4:

 

MALE,

 

40s,

 

CAMDEN CITY

 

New 5:

 

FEMALE,

 

70s,

 

HADDON HEIGHTS BOROUGH

 

New 6:

 

MALE,

 

80s,

 

BELLMAWR BOROUGH

 

New 7:

 

MALE,

 

30s,

 

CAMDEN CITY

 

New 8:

 

MALE,

 

60s,

 

CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP

 

New 9:

 

MALE,

 

70s,

 

WINSLOW TOWNSHIP

 

New 10:

 

FEMALE,

 

90s,

 

CHERRY HILL TOWNSHIP

 

New 11:

 

MALE,

 

70s,

 

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP

 

“Every day that we spend fighting this pandemic yields new lessons to help us better our approach," said Commissioner Director Lou Cappelli. "Although vaccines are being distributed, we must continue to use this knowledge for a few months longer to prevent unnecessary harm to our loved ones and neighbors.”

To learn how to register for a vaccine shot visit www.camdencounty.com.

Kyle Sullender, a Camden County spokesman, said so far the online system has been "extremely sufficient."

"We have received incredibly positive feedback from patients who have reported that the entire process is hassle-free," he said.

A Camden County COVID-19 update is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m.

To attend or send in your questions click here.

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