SOMERVILLE, NJ – Residents who received their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from a Somerset County clinic will be emailed an appointment time, date, and location for their second shot, according to a news release.
All attendees must bring their color-coded cards for verification and eligibility to receive their second shot, according to officials.
Their card will need to be signed to serve as proof they have received their second dose. Residents who did not receive their initial dose from a Somerset County clinic will not be eligible for a second dose.
Officials hope to have 70 percent of county residents vaccinated by summer.
“We are excited to be moving to this next phase of helping our residents complete their vaccinations as we work toward vaccinating 70 percent or more of our population in the next six months,” said Shanel Y. Robinson, Somerset County Board of County Commissioners Director. “Unfortunately the quantity of vaccine we receive is limited at this time, and so we are asking for everyone’s patience as we continue to prepare for when there are significantly more doses available.”
Based on evidence from clinical trials, the Moderna vaccine was 94.1 pecent effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people who received two doses who had no evidence of being previously infected, according to the CDC website.
The second dose must be taken at a minimum of 28 days after the initial dose is administered, according to officials.
Any New Jersey resident or worker interested in receiving a vaccine should register at https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/ to be notified when they will be eligible to attend a vaccination clinic.
Registration is required for all Somerset County Department of Health Clinics, and the clinics will not be able to accommodate walk- and drive-up clients due to the fixed number of vaccine doses available at each clinic, according to a news release.
The State of New Jersey has listed additional locations where residents can sign up to receive vaccines as long as they are in Phase 1 Group A:
- Hunterdon Family Medicine at Bridgewater - 250 Route 28, Suite 100, Bridgewater, 908-237-4238
- ShopRite Pharmacy #447, 601 Route 206, Hillsborough, vaccines.shoprite.com
- ShopRite Pharmacy of Bernardsville, 93 Morristown Rd/Route #202, Bernardsville, vaccines.shoprite.com
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