TOTOWA, NJ - Passaic County began administering its first round of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday. The vaccinations took place at the Passaic County Department of Health Services in Totowa.

Phase 1A of the Moderna vaccine is available for employees of urgent cares, clinics, dialysis centers, dental offices, funeral homes, pharmacies, public health offices, group homes and EMS.

Residents who would like to get the vaccine have to pre-register and make an appointment at www.passaiccountyvax.org. The vaccine requires two injections. After getting the first injection, residents would then have to make a second appointment about 28 days later. “Our team at Passaic County, from my colleagues on the board to the administration, and all our department heads and their staff, have worked tirelessly around the clock to continue our aggressive response to this pandemic,” Director Sandi Lazzara said. “After a long year of COVID-19 testing, food distribution and small business grants, we are finally able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations as well.”

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No more than ten people were waiting in line to get their vaccine. While some participants were nervous, others were confident and ready to get the vaccine and put an end to
COVID-19.

“It went pretty well,” Deputy Director Pat Lapore told TAPinto. "We got a great group of folks pitching in from the Sheriff’s Department, along with various volunteers and medical professionals who were actually administering the vaccine. But all in all, they {the participants} were very grateful that the county provided this vaccine event today.”

Passaic County received about 500 vaccines. 216 of those vaccines were administered on Thursday and another 216 are schedule to be administered on Monday. “We’re hoping for another round of vaccines,” Lapore said.

The Passaic County Board of County Commissioners and Passaic County Department of Health Services partnered with Vault to administer the vaccine and is the first county to partner with Vault for at-home testing and its COVID-19 mobile test sites. “It has been a pleasure to work with them, and we look forward once again to partner with Passaic County as they move into the vaccination phase of fighting this virus,” Vault Founder and CEO Jason Feldman said.

Information on COVID-19, testing and vaccinations, can be found on Passaic County’s website at passaiccountynj.org/coronavirus and on the County’s Facebook page at
facebook.com/passaiccountynj. The County will also release a full vaccination schedule that will be available on the county’s website.

“Passaic County is excited to move into the second phase of our Covid-19 response,” Lepore said. “Bringing the same innovations and leadership, Passaic County will continue to be leaders throughout the State and Country in our COVID-19 vaccinations.” Lepore advises residents who get the vaccine to continue wearing masks as well as taking other safety precautions.

“Even though we know the vaccine works,” Lepore said. “Until the majority of the population is vaccinated, we can continue taking precautions that we’ve been taking up till now. The vaccine isn’t a miracle cure.”

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