Ocean County Vaccine Clinics Hit Milestone Of 100,000 Doses

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  OCEAN COUNTY – Through their Vaccination Clinics Program, the Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) have surpassed over 100,00 doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered.

  At the end of December 2020, the first doses of vaccine were administered at the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena in Toms River. The OCHD have since expanded its clinics and services through Ocean County.

  “This milestone of 100,000 vaccinations delivered to Ocean County residents at the Ocean County Health Department vaccination clinics highlights what cooperation and partnerships can do,” said Ocean County Commissioner Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Health Department. “Working together with the Ocean County Health Department, the Ocean County Office of the Sheriff, our health care providers, hospitals, Toms River Regional Schools, Ocean County College, Southern Regional Schools, Manchester Township Schools and a cadre of dedicated volunteers, we have been able to meet and already pass this critical moment in reducing the spread of COVID-19. While our work is not complete, I know this day recognizes everyone’s contribution in getting us here. I want to extend my deepest appreciation to everyone who helped make this happen.”

   “On behalf of the Ocean County Board of Commissioners, I want to express our gratitude for the hard work, countless hours and unwavering effort of everyone involved that got us to this milestone,” Director of the Ocean County Board of Commissioners Gary Quinn said. “The vaccination clinics have run smoothly from the opening days late last year until now. We have met and continue to meet the needs of thousands of our citizens – from the elderly and homebound to our emergency responders and medical providers and our general population. We look forward to continuing this effort so we can move forward comfortably and safely with family, friends, co-workers and with all those life events we have had to delay because of COVID-19. This past year has come with great challenges but it’s moments like this that give us great hope.”

  Ocean County collectively (including other locations besides the Health Department) administered more than 421,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses and the State 7,798,096 as of May 6, 2021. More than 192,500 Ocean County residents are now fully vaccinated and almost 3,500,000 total in New Jersey.

  Recently, the OCHD have reported no more than 100 COVID-19 cases daily in Ocean County.

  “These are the important figures and milestones for all of us as public health officials and for the general public,” Daniel Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer said. “It identifies that we are moving in the right direction. More people getting vaccinated and less becoming infected has been one of our biggest objectives from day one. But the job is far from finished and we still have thousands of individuals that still are in need of the vaccine.”

  “I can’t say enough about the dedicated team of OCHD nurses and all our volunteers that have stepped up over the past year in different capacities. They really are the heart and soul of the clinic services program. People have been waiting a long time for this vaccine and, as nurses, we are so happy to be the one’s delivering this boost of hope as we continue the battle against this unprecedented public health crisis,” OCHD Assistant Director of Nursing, Karen Barish said.

  OCHD Vaccine Clinic Schedule for week of May 10 is listed below:

  RWJ Barnabas Healthcare Arena/Toms River:

  • Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  Ocean County College (Drive-Thru):

  • Wednesday:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  Appointments recommended but walk-ins are welcome. Residents can book an appointment at ochd.org.