BRICK – For seniors over 65 who don’t have access to a computer, but are trying to get a COVID-19 vaccination, the township might be able to help.
“Senior Services will screen you and get you over to Ocean County Senior Services in order to try and get you signed up for the vaccine,” said Mayor John G. Ducey during a recent council meeting. Senior Services can be reached at 732-920-8686.
The state government estimated that 70 percent of adults want to be vaccinated, but the mayor said he believes it’s more like 90 to 95 percent, based on the number of people who ask him how to get the shots.
He said that for those who do have access to a computer, search Covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine to register with NJ Vaccine Scheduling System.
“I have not heard of anybody getting an appointment through that system, but the state says that that actually happens,” Mayor Ducey said. “But again, I haven’t heard of anybody.”
New Jersey has six mega-sites that administer the vaccine: for Atlantic City, search vaccination.atlanticare.org, which the mayor said is the best one in the state because vaccine scheduling is only done on Tuesdays at 3 p.m., Thursdays at 6 p.m., or Saturdays at 9 a.m.
“So what you need to do is get on there 10 or 15 minutes early, and just wait,” he said. “The beautiful thing about this is it will tell you what number you are. Everyone else in the state is random – you have to try over and over again.”
To register for the mega site in East Rutherford, visit HackensackMeridianHealth.org/covid19.
To register for the mega site in Moorestown, Burlington County visit virtua.org/vaccine.
For the Edison location, visit RWBH.org/covid19vaccine.
And lastly, there are two megasites Ocean County: Toms River High School North and Southern Regional Middle School in Manahawkin. To register for one of these, visit OCHD.org.
When there is enough vaccine available in Ocean County for 10,000 doses a week, the OCHD will open up satellite locations, including one at the Senior Center in Brick, which will be for Brick residents, Mayor Ducey said.
Once that 10,000 number has been reached, the Health Department has also agreed to set up satellite locations at the senior village club houses, he added.
“So far, only three out of our 14 senior village club houses have said yes,” he said. “So if your senior village has said yes, it would be there and it’s open to all residents. If your senior village said no, or they were unable to make contact, you will not be on that list.”
For your clubhouse to be placed on the list, call the Ocean County Health Department on their COVID-19 line at 732 380-5079.
There are currently two sites in Brick that offer the vaccine, including Ocean County Medical Center, whose contact information is Hackensackmeridianhealth.org/covid19, and the Rite Aid Store on Burnt Tavern Road. Their email address is Riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier.
Rite Aid stores in Point Pleasant, Lakewood, Jackson also offer the vaccine.
Also, you can register for a vaccination at Ocean Health Initiatives at ohinj.org; for Community Medical Center in Toms River visit rwjbh.org/covid19vaccine, and CVS in Seaside Heights offers the vaccine.
The next council meeting will be on Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.