OCEAN COUNTY – The popular grocery chain ShopRite has recently announced its partnership with the state of New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to allow select stores to administer COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare workers.
Out of 39 selected stores, the two Ocean County locations chosen to distribute the vaccine are the ShopRite of Fischer Bay, 860 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River and the ShopRite of Manahawkin, 297 Route 72, Manahawkin.
The company will be following the federal government’s distribution schedule and use phases to prioritize giving vaccines to healthcare workers.
“We are excited to be part of the initial stages of this unprecedented public health campaign as we begin vaccinating healthcare workers who are on the front lines in the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jeffrey Mondelli, RPh, Vice President of Pharmacy, Health & Beauty at Wakefern Food Corp., the logistics, distribution and merchandising arm for ShopRite stores.
According to Mondelli, the chosen locations were specifically picked in coordination with the New Jersey State Department of Health.
“We stand ready to serve and will continue to provide increased access to this life-saving vaccine as new expanded eligibility guidelines are released by the CDC,” Mondelli said.
At the moment, the vaccine is only available for eligible healthcare works and not for the general public. Although, ShopRite is prepared for expansion as soon as the government enters the next phase of the vaccine’s distribution. There is no timeline yet on the next phase of vaccine distribution.
The company has received an initial shipment of the Moderna vaccine, which requires two inoculations. They ask if anyone has specific questions or concerns about the vaccine to consult with their physician or healthcare provider. There is no charge to receive the vaccination.
While supplies last, those eligible can received the vaccine by appointment only. For more information on eligibility or to make an appointment, visit vaccines.shoprite.com