RED BANK, NJ: The best organization on the planet is proving again why they hold that title.
Partnering with the VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Centers, the Red Bank Family YMCA is providing Monmouth County residents a single site to receive the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine as well as testing for the coronavirus.
The VNA is expected to administer about 140 vaccines a day at the Y hoping to increase to that number to 200 by next week.
The Red Bank Y is the first satellite vaccination site in New Jersey and the only YMCA in the state to open its doors for the long-awaited vaccine.
“The Red Bank Y has served as a safe testing location since May, and now we are one of several locations in the county where people in the community can come to get their COVID-19 vaccine,” said YMCA of Greater Monmouth County President & CEO Laurie Goganzer. “This is part of what we do, it is the embodiment of our longstanding commitment to the community, especially during the pandemic.”
Christopher Rinn, CEO of VNACJ CHCs said the collaboration with the YMCA makes sense at a time when the goal is to get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible.
“We are honored to partner with the YMCA to expand our vaccine capacity. They have been incredible partners and gracious hosts as we work together to serve our Monmouth County residents,” commented Rinn.
Those who are eligible must register in advance at the VNA CHC website by clicking HERE.
How’s the Program Work?
The Red Bank Family YMCA is located at 166 Maple Avenue.
Typically, the vaccine process takes about 30 minutes.
Guests check in at the registration desk set up near the gymnasium where their information is verified. They then receive the vaccine in a large vaccination area and remain in observation for about 15 minutes.
The vaccine is free for those who fit the criteria. The VNACJ CHC registration site does ask for insurance information in case they have to bill the patient. Those without insurance can still receive the vaccine.
Since the program launched in early January, more than 600 people have already Rinn said. As demand increases the VNACJ CHC plans to increase the number of appointments and add more staff.
“I am very happy to see another vaccination location site open in Monmouth County,” said Senator Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth). “The Red Bank Family Y has always worked to help our community to the best of their abilities, and I am very thankful they were kind enough to offer their space and work with the VNA to provide services to the residents of Monmouth County.”
Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County has offered numerous services to the community - from emergency child care to essential workers, academic support for remote learners and mental health services for children and adults, to blood drives, food collection and distribution.
“We are so thankful that the Y and VNA are here in our community and that they continue to work together to support residents in Red Bank and across Monmouth County,” said Red Bank Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna.
Be patient folks. There's a lot of people registering for the vaccine. You will get your appointment.
Remember, you're working with the best organization on the planet.
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