PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – A COVID-19 vaccination clinic targeting public housing and housing assistance residents in Phillipsburg will be conducted on Wednesday, April 21, Warren County officials announced Monday.
The initial clinic, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), located at 459 Center Street, is being coordinated by Warren County , Town of Phillipsburg, and Phillipsburg School District Board of Education. The clinic aims to provide vaccinations to residents of the Phillipsburg Housing Authority and the town’s Section 8 housing assistance program, ages 18 and older, at a convenient, walkable location.
“Today’s announcement will be welcome news for Phillipsburg,” said James R. Kern III, director of the Warren County Board of County Commissioners. Kern noted that the County has been “working tirelessly” for several weeks with Phillipsburg Mayor Todd Tersigni, Council President Frank McVey, Phillipsburg School District Superintendent Dr. Gregory Troxell, the Phillipsburg Board of Education, and the Phillipsburg Housing Authority to make the vaccine site a reality.
The site will administer the one-dose J&J’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on the response from residents, officials expect to give 300 to 400 vaccinations at the clinic.
“Vaccine accessibility is a crucial factor in finally defeating the pandemic,” Kern said. “This entire group understands the struggles many face in obtaining transportation in our region of the state, and by placing these sites within a short walking distance we believe that obstacle will be eliminated.”
“The ECLC is the ideal location for getting our residents of Phillipsburg vaccinated quickly and safely,” Mayor Tersigni said. He went on to thank Dr. Troxell, the Board of Education, Commissioner Kern and the County of Warren “for working together in a timely and efficient manner for all our residents.”
“When presented with the opportunity to permit the County to use ECLC as a vaccine site, our Board of Education members could not have been more willing, open and ready to assist the residents of the town,” said Troxell, the Phillipsburg School District superintendent. “Not all of our community members, unfortunately, have the necessary transportation means to get to the vaccine sites around the county. Bringing the vaccine to them, to a site that can be reached within walking distance, is a game changer for our community,” Troxell said.
“We are proud to partner with the County and Mayor Tersigni to make this happen for the Town of Phillipsburg,” Troxell said.
Eligible residents will receive information with instructions on how to make appointments for the vaccine through the proper channels with the Town of Phillipsburg. The Phillipsburg Housing Authority will notify its residents about the program via a flyer and provide a registration link and code, while residents in Phillipsburg’s Section 8 Assistance program will be sent a letter with instructions to make their appointments through the County’s helpline number.
Transportation also will be available through Warren County’s Route 57 Shuttle. Those seeking shuttle service are asked to call Easton Coach, the Warren County Transportation provider, at 908-454-4044 by Monday, April 19, for additional information.