LIVINGSTON, NJ — Led by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and Essex County Health Officer Maya Lordo, Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein and all members of the township council visited the Essex County vaccination center located at Sears in the Livingston Mall on Friday for a tour of the facility and an update on the progress made at the site since it opened in December.  

All five council members were impressed with the efficiency of the treatment process at the Livingston-based site, with Klein describing it as a “well-oiled machine.”

“I remember when the Sears first started vaccinating, we were done by 2 p.m.,” said Klein. “That was all the doses we had to give. But now, the place is bustling at 2 p.m. and helping so many more people…I think you cannot overstate the job that County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and his staff have done to set up their facilities and run them smoothly.”

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Although the county does not currently enough doses for all who want them, Klein expressed that there will “come a time when people will need to come and get vaccinated even if they may not be excited to do it.”

“None of us are protected unless all of us are,” he said. “When such competent and effective efforts like the Sears site are in place, it helps to convince those who are skeptical.”

Also joining the township council on Friday afternoon were Livingston First Aid Squad President Pat Ippolito and Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, who have been there volunteering at the Livingston-based vaccination center for several days each week since it opened, as well as Essex County Commissioner Patricia Sebold and Vice President Margie Heller, Vice President of Community Health and Strategic Global Partnerships at RWJBarnabas Health. RWJBarnabas and Saint Barnabas Medical Center has partnered with the county to coordinate patients and administer COVID-19 vaccines at the Livingston Mall clinic site. 

As of Saturday, Essex County has administered 156,101 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, including 106,365 first doses and 49,712 second doses, according to the state’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard. At Essex County’s five designated vaccination sites, DiVincenzo reported a total of 67,426 first doses and 34,474 second doses administered over the last 48 days, including 1,947 first doses and 2,101 second doses on Saturday.

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