OCEAN COUNTY, NJ – Ocean County residents have a slightly better chance at receiving COVID-19 vaccines at county sites as of this week.  The state increased vaccine allotments to the county from 3,000 to the 3,400 doses.

The state originally earmarked Ocean County for 5,000 weekly doses and reduced that number to 3,000 in January.

“Of the 3,400 doses of Moderna vaccines, 200 go to the Long Beach Island Health Department,” said Ocean County Commissioner Gerry P. Little.

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Vaccines distributed through the Ocean County Health Department currently total 51,948 doses. Of that number, 15,348 individuals have completed their second shot.

The center at Toms River North administered 1,188 vaccinations yesterday. The site at Southern Regional Middle School was able to give 447 vaccines on the same date.

Ocean County residents continue to struggle to find vaccine appointments.  Seniors searching for appointments have turned to “vaccine angels,” who do the leg work for those with technology issues. Other resources serve to assist qualifying individuals in need of help.