Dear Monmouth County Residents,

Happy Spring! I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather the last few days. I am looking forward to more nice weather. 

I want to update everyone on a few initiatives going on throughout Monmouth County.

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On Monday, March 8th, Monmouth County launched a vaccine scheduling system for Monmouth County residents, who are currently eligible for the vaccine, to log on and make appointments themselves. Residents are now able to make appointments for a vaccine at Brookdale Community College four days per week, from Tuesday through Thursday and on Saturday.

Appointments are open to Monmouth County residents who are currently eligible according to guidelines issued by the New Jersey Department of Health. Information about who is currently eligible is also available on www.visitmonmouth.com/health. It is important to note that appointments will only be open for the upcoming week once we receive confirmation of the amount of vaccine the County will be receiving from the State. 

There will be a number of appointments reserved here and at the Monmouth County Agricultural Building for those who are currently on the waiting list. There will also be appointments reserved at the Monmouth County Agricultural Building for seniors who do not have access to technology. The appointments for these seniors are being coordinated with our Office on Aging. 

In addition, my fellow Commissioners and I announced on March 10th the County’s partnership with Long Branch and Neptune Township to offer COVID-19 vaccinations in their respective communities this week. Our goal is to be able to offer vaccines in locations that are convenient for all of our Monmouth County residents, many of whom rely on public transportation or walking to get where they need to go. Each municipality was given 160 Johnson and Johnson vaccines to distribute to members of their communities.

As I have stated many times before, Monmouth County will continue to advocate for more vaccines understanding that appointments will move quickly due to the limited supply of vaccine received through the State.

On a separate note, the Monmouth County Division of Planning has created the Spring 2021 Outdoor Reopening Guide, a guidance document for businesses looking to reopen outdoors in 2021. This is another example of how the County is using all of its resources to support and assist small businesses during the pandemic. Planning, Economic Development and Tourism are working together to get this guide to our towns and local chambers of commerce so businesses can continue to operate safely as the summer tourism season approaches.

The Reopening Guide references examples of real-life outdoor business designs to inspire readers as well as links to definitive sources on important issues like COVID-19 related spacing and design guidelines used by cities across the United States.

To access the document, go to www.visitmonmouth.com and navigate to Monmouth County Division of Planning. Hard copies are available and can be provided upon request.

Lastly, my fellow Commissioners and I want to congratulate Brookdale Community College for being ranked No. 24 in Academic Influence’s top 50 Best Community Colleges of 2021.

The entire Board of County Commissioners is extremely proud of Brookdale Community College for being recognized as one of the top 25 community colleges in the nation. Through their tireless efforts, dedication and commitment, Brookdale has clearly demonstrated that students will receive an exceptional experience and education during their time at the County’s community college.

Brookdale Community College offers a variety of degrees in 68 academic programs including, four Academic Credit Certificates and eight Academic Credit Certificates of Achievement. In addition, non-degree courses and non-credit courses are available. My fellow Commissioners and I want to thank Brookdale President David Stout for his outstanding efforts to make Brookdale what it is today. 

As always, it is a pleasure to serve as Commissioner Director. 

Sincerely,

Tom Arnone