EAST ORANGE, NJ — East Orange residents, Sallie Kindred, 104, Ophelia Walker, 101, and sisters Inez Elliott, 104, and Pearline Whitney, 92, arrived at the Essex County College Gymnasium in fine fashion. With smiles on their faces, they were ready to be vaccinated.

Collectively the women have lived through civil rights, women's rights, world wars one and two, the great depression, and another pandemic known as the “Spanish Flu”.  Today, they each received their first shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. 

Upon their arrival, the ladies were greeted with fanfare and flowers by Mayor Ted R. Green, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Jacqueline Jones, Essex County Deputy Director of Human Resources, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Senator Teresa Ruiz, Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff, and East Orange's Senior Services Manager Rita Butts.

East Orange residents are encouraged to make appointments to get vaccinated at Essex County College or the Donald M. Payne, Sr. School of Technology in Newark. The Division of Senior Services is also helping to register all eligible East Orange residents and providing rides to Essex County College for seniors in need of transportation. Call 973-266-8832 for more information.