The COVID-19 vaccine is on everyone’s minds; to get it, not to get it, when to get it, where to get it, which vaccine to get, will there be side effects, and so many other questions and concerns.  

Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange has embarked on a full press effort to educate and encourage its staff to participate in the NJ COVID-19 vaccination program. Our caregivers are front line workers and are at risk of being exposed to people with COVID-19 each day on the job. They play an essential role in keeping our community healthy and getting the vaccine adds one more layer of protection for our staff, our clients, and their families.  

Still, it can be of concern, as one of our caregivers explained, “I registered to get the vaccine, but then I started to hear bad things about it. Still, I arrived at the site, but my hesitation took over. I did not want to miss the opportunity, but I was too nervous. I decided to wait longer, and I left. Then I spoke on the phone with my friend who is a home health aide in NYC. When I heard that people were lining up and waiting all night to get the vaccine, my mind was changed. I headed back to the site and got my first vaccine this week. You never know what is going to happen, but we all need to try our best to keep safe.”

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As NJ strives to ensure personnel throughout the healthcare system are vaccinated, Governor Murphy announced a NJ Department of Health partnership in collaboration with the Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey, the New Jersey Hospital Association, the Home Health Services Association and Rite Aid, to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to home care and hospice staff in the community.   

“We are so pleased that the State has recognized the crucial role our caregivers play in the health care continuum by including our caregivers in COVID vaccine phase 1A for health care workers”, explained Laurence Aronson, Homewatch CareGivers owner.  “We are diligently working with our caregiver community to secure the broadest possible participation.  Following ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID, this is the next step in keeping our caregivers and our clients safe. We have a long road ahead, but we are doing everything we can to reduce the likelihood of transmission in our community.”

Contact Homewatch CareGivers of South Orange at 973-810-0110 to discuss your concerns about home care for your loved one with our dedicated nurses and social workers. For more information, contact Randi Brokman at rbrokman@hwcg.com.