BLOOMFIELD, NJ — New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy paid an afternoon visit to Bloomfield on Thursday to meet members of the Bloomfield Public Safety Department who were receiving COVID-19 vaccinations at Riverside Urgent Care.

“I am going around the state today trying to highlight the types of facilities that are offering the vaccination, as there is more than one type of venue where you can receive the vaccination,” Murphy said.  “This is the first Urgent Care I have been to, and they are doing a fantastic job.  (Riverside) is able to administer 1,000 vaccinations a day across the state (at their locations) and they are very efficient at it.”

Murphy toured the facility and met with Mayor Michael Venezia, First-Ward Councilwoman Jenny Mundell, Councilman-at-Large Ted Gamble, and Public Safety Director Sam DeMaio.

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In addressing public skepticism over the safety of the vaccine, Murphy explained, “I think people are relating the title ‘Operation Warp Speed’ with a little lack of credibility concerning the vaccine, as I think that name has really impaired people, but I think the further we get away from the election, the better, and we’ll be able to go all the way.”

Murphy witnessed the administering of the Moderna Vaccine to several eligible recipients from the Bloomfield Public Safety Department, including Fire Department Captain Joe Critchley, and Detective Police Sergeant Michael Menzel.

When Murphy asked if everyone in the fire department was excited to get the vaccine, Mayor Venezia responded, “I think its mixed.  In this first round (of vaccinations), I think we are going to be at probably 50% (of firemen who want to get the vaccine), that’s not as high as we want it to be as a lot of people are a little skeptical, but I think the more of the rank and file get it, the others will follow, so it’s just a matter of time.  The police department is fighting it a little bit, they’re at about 40 to 45%”(who want to receive the vaccine).”

Those that received the Moderna Vaccine on Thursday must return in 28 days on February 11 for the second dose.

Both Critchley and Menzel reported no pain immediately after receiving the first shot.




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