OCEAN COUNTY has begun the transition from big regional COVID 19 vaccination sites to smaller locations as the effort continues to make vaccine accessibility as easy as possible.
“This week marks the closure of our two main COVID 19 vaccination sites here in Ocean County,” said Ocean County Commissioner Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Health Department. “We are continuing to meet the needs of our citizens by holding vaccination clinics at smaller sites in many more locations throughout the County.
“The large sites which could accommodate thousands of vaccinations daily have served us well, and we are very appreciative that Toms River Regional School District and Southern Regional School District stepped up without hesitation and provided their schools and staff so that we could get this vaccine to our residents,” he said. “The assistance they gave us is immeasurable.”
Ocean County began the vaccine distribution at the end of 2020.
Little noted the Board of Commissioners along with the Ocean County Health Department continues to encourage all residents to get vaccinated.
“I want to encourage all the people who live in Ocean County that can get this vaccine to do so,” said the Director of the Ocean County Board of Commissioners Gary Quinn. “We want to see this infection level to continue to decrease and the only way this will happen is to have people get vaccinated.”
The two largest vaccination clinics run by the Ocean County Health Department – the Southern Regional Middle School, Stafford Township and the RWJ Barnabas Health Care Arena at Toms River Regional High School North – will no longer be vaccination sites as of July 1.
Rather, the Ocean County Health Department will hold clinics at the Ocean County Health Department, 175 Sunset Ave., Toms River, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, through July, and a drive-through clinic will be held at Ocean County College, Hooper Avenue, Toms River, from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays, through July.
There are 13 additional sites throughout the County that will serve as vaccine clinic sites on various days throughout the month of July. Locations, dates and times can be found on the Ocean County Health Department website at ochd.org or Facebook page.
“Starting the week of July 5, on various dates, our residents can visit some local library branches, some schools and the Ocean County Fire and First Aid Training Center in Waretown to get the COVID 19 vaccination,” Little said. “All the locations are easily accessible and convenience is key for a lot of our citizens.”
Little said that any municipality, civic organization and other groups throughout the County that would like to host a vaccination clinic can contact the Ocean County Health Department at 732-341-9700 and request a clinic.