LAMBERTVILLE, NJ - The City of Lambertville partnered with Penn Medicine Princeton Health, New Hope Celebrates, Fisherman's Mark, Lambertville Public School, Delaware Valley Food Pantry and Lambertville Police Department to successfully provide vaccinations for 130 members of the public through a clinic by Lambertville Hall.
According to a release from the city, the task force, led by Mayor Julia Fahl, focused on providing opportunities for the community's Spanish-speaking and low income population to get a vaccine. The clinic gave the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and more than 90% of patients were members of the community's Spanish-speaking residents.
"I am extremely proud of the work we accomplished through this clinic," Fahl said in the release. "This was a group effort. Penn Medicine at Princeton was introduced to me by members of New Hope Celebrates. We immediately brought in Fisherman's Mark, Lambertville Public School, the Lambertville Police Department, the Delaware Valley Food Pantry and more community stakeholders to ensure that we focused on our Spanish-speaking residents. We were highly successful in focusing on members of our community that may have been overlooked by, or not had access to, mass vaccination sites."
Debbie Millar, director of community wellness and engagement at Penn Medicine Princeton Health, said they are grateful to the city for welcoming them into the community.
"COVID-19 is the greatest public health crisis we have experienced," she said. "Vaccinating as many people as possible is a crucial step, and community-based, pop-up clinics like this one make it much easier for people to get the shot so they can protect themselves and their loved ones."
Over the past several years, Fahl and the City of Lambertville have emphasized the need for increased collaboration in order to improve public health, providing and publicizing annual flu vaccine clinics that were free for the community, the release said.
"I have made public safety and public health initiatives a hallmark of my mayorship," she said in the release. "This is an extension of my 'Flu Shot with the Mayor' clinic, which we have held every year since I was elected. The success of this event was made possible because we have strengthened our relationships with community organizations over the last several years. In the heart of pandemic, we focused on significantly increasing the number of contacts on our email lists and Swift911 text and phone system, and we increased the amount of communication by email, phone calls, texts and more."
The City of Lambertville will host a second COVID vaccine clinic June 2 for New Jersey residents, providing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.