LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston Police Chief Gary Marshuetz and Captain John Drumm, who recently received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, are two of many Livingston police officers who have taken advantage of the opportunity to be inoculated at the Essex County distribution center located in the Sears building at the Livingston Mall.

“It is a privilege to be vaccinated here in Livingston,” said Marshuetz. “I want to thank all of the volunteers who have been donating their time to ensure that the vaccine center continues to run safely and efficiently.”

Pictured above with Marshuetz and Drumm are Livingston residents Patrick Ippolito and Aron Schneider, who have both spent many hours volunteering at the Livingston-based vaccination center. Ippolito, who serves as president of the Livingston First Aid Squad and Schneider, a nurse practitioner, administered the vaccines to Marshuetz and Drumm.

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In addition to thanking Ippolito, Schneider and other volunteers at the center, Marshuetz also remarked on the tremendous support that Saint Barnabas Medical Center continues to provide to the Livingston community.

Shortly after the Livingston site was announced, SBMC and RWJBarnabas Health partnered with the county to coordinate patients and administer COVID-19 vaccines at the Livingston Mall clinic. Marshuetz specifically recognized Stephen Zieniewicz, president and chief executive officer at SBMC; Margie Heller, vice president of community health and strategic global partnerships at RWJBarnabas Health; and others on the SBMC team who have been “working tirelessly to lead the charge against this horrible virus.”

“It is with great pride that I can say that Livingston is on the front lines as we strive to not only vaccinate our residents and first responders, but also many people throughout Essex County,” the chief said.

Within the next six months, state officials hope to have approximately 4.7 million people, or about 70% of eligible residents, vaccinated against COVID-19. Law enforcement and fire professionals, who are now eligible for the vaccine in New Jersey, represent a group of about 55,000 people.

At the Livingston Police Department, officers have practiced social distancing with each other and with the public whenever possible in addition to being required to wear protective face masks and gloves since March, according to Marshuetz.

Other administrative changes that include shift scheduling and district assignments were also temporarily introduced during the pandemic in an effort to enhance social distancing.

Most recently, the LPD partnered with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and other local law enforcement agencies to provide security for the local vaccinations centers.

“Throughout this pandemic, the LPD has continued to serve the public with the utmost professionalism and steadfast commitment,” said Marshuetz. “When people are in trouble and need help, the law enforcement professionals in Livingston will answer the call no matter what the circumstances.”

Marshuetz encourages members of the community who call the police requesting a response to warn the dispatcher about any possible COVID-19 exposures. This will enable responding officers to take even more preventative measures.

“I want to stress to the public that the Livingston Police Department is here for them, before, during and after this pandemic,” he said. “Getting vaccinated ensures that our officers can continue to confidently and safely serve the community with the highest possible standards.”

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