Somerset County Expands COVID Vaccination Clinics in Response to Increased Vaccine Allocations
To Ensure Every Resident Who Wants a Vaccine Can Get One, Standing Up a Variety of Clinics Including In-Home, Drive-Thru, Wellness Center, and Mobile Walk-Up Sites
SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset County today announced a significant expansion of vaccination appointments at a variety of clinics next week following significantly increased vaccine allocations from the New Jersey Department of Health. The clinics will be held in various locations throughout the county with a variety of strategies to ensure that any resident, regardless of personal circumstances, who wants to be vaccinated can be vaccinated.
“After months of receiving a thousand or fewer COVID vaccine doses each week, Somerset County is finally seeing a significant increase in our weekly allotment, and we are ready to get the vaccine into residents’ arms quickly and efficiently,” said Commissioner Doug Singleterry, liaison to the Somerset County Department of Health (SCDoH). “We’ve been preparing for this day for three months and encourage everyone to get vaccinated at the clinic that is most convenient to them.”
Since late January, Somerset County has been receiving an average of 700 to 1,000 new doses each week but has been prepared to administer significantly more vaccinations. The State of New Jersey informed the SCDoH that it will be receiving 7,000 doses for the next week, 5,000 Moderna doses and 2,000 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) doses.
The County will operate drive-thru clinics at Raritan Valley Community College clinic in Branchburg from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Rutgers Plaza in Somerset (Franklin) Monday to Friday next week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. RVCC will administer the Moderna vaccine, and Rutgers Plaza will utilize the J&J vaccine. Residents can schedule appointments at the drive-thru clinics by visiting https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/.
Homebound adult residents can continue to call the Somerset County COVID Hotline at (908) 231-7155 to schedule an appointment to receive the J&J vaccine at their home.
Adult residents can also call the Hotline at (908) 231-7155 or use the web form at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/covidQs to schedule appointments at the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center in Bridgewater. If all current appointments are full, residents will be placed on a waiting list for the next available appointment. The Wellness Center clinic will operate Monday, Wednesday, and Friday next week from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with the Moderna vaccine.
The SCDoH will also expand availability of the J&J vaccine at mobile walk-up clinics in communities that have lower rates of vaccination. These clinics have already been held in Bound Brook and North Plainfield, and will be held in Manville and South Bound Brook next week at a schedule to be determined. Residents 18 years and older need to show proof of residency in the County, but can walk in without making an appointment. Vaccine doses at the walk-up clinics are limited, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Future clinic appointment availability will be determined on a weekly based on the level of allocations provided to Somerset County by the state of New Jersey.