Warren County has received the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine for its medical staff.
Health and Public Safety Liaison Freeholder James R. Kern II said that last week, the Moderna vaccine was distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health as part of its first wave of distribution. The Warren County Liberty Holder’s press statement did not specify how many vaccines have been received, but the county expects to deliver another batch of vaccines next month.
Kern said the county will follow state and federal guidelines to help vaccinate people who are fighting the virus on the first line. He said that emergency personnel and school nurses are expected to be the first to receive the first round of vaccines.
The county’s health department plans to notify EMS employees and school nurses about how to schedule appointments directly through their class and school. Warren County Health Officer Pete Summers said he hopes private providers, including pharmacies and hospitals, will also get involved.
However, it is not clear when the general public will be able to use the vaccine.
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Due to the limited initial supply, federal and state plans require a tiered approach, giving priority to healthcare workers who directly deal with COVID-19 patients. As more products are produced, the scope of vaccine use will expand to other medical staff, key occupations, the elderly and people with high health risks. Eventually, when these key needs are met, it will be open to the public.
“In the next few months, COVID-19 vaccination will be the top priority of the health department, and we will do our best to provide the vaccine to the community as soon as possible,” Summers said.
Kern added that the Warren County Department of Public Safety has been working with regional agencies to ensure it has an accurate list of people who wish to be vaccinated.
He said: “Rest assured, we will continue to fight for more doses for the county, our hospitals and private partners.” He said, noting that the county will provide information on when these sources can be obtained as soon as possible.
At the same time, COVID-19 testing can be performed in Warren County, along with the St. Luke University Health Care Network at St. Luke University’s Belvidere Health Center, Belvidere Route 187, and other providers.
A list of other testing options can be found on the county government website.
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