HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ -- New Jersey is expected to receive its first batch of 130,000 COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccines toward the end of December, Governor Phil Murphy announced Friday. The state expects to have a total of 400,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine available for New Jerseyans quickly thereafter.  

To prepare to distribute the vaccine locally, Hamilton Township's Health Officer Christopher Hellwig has begun conversations with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH).  

"The first round of vaccinations would be prioritized to frontline healthcare personnel located at acute care facilities. This allotment of vaccine will likely ship directly to those facilities. It is also possible that long-term care staff and patients may be a part of the 'first wave' of vaccinations through the federal pharmacy partnership. This is what is being called the 1A group," said Hellwig.  

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"Local health departments are expecting to start receiving vaccine for first responders and other healthcare workers in January. This would be the 1B group. Hamilton Township Health Department is in the process of planning to receive the vaccine, and will set up clinics for qualifying individuals interested in being vaccinated," added Hellwig.

The health officers stressed that logistics are still being "worked out" and more information will be forthcoming. 

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