FLEMINGTON, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Commissioner Shaun C. Van Doren, the Board’s Health Department liaison recently announced that the Hunterdon County Health Department will offering additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics as a result of strong public demand.
“I was advised by Health Department Director Karen DeMarco that the recent clinic held on October 19th was completely booked and there were over 50 walk-ins, which more than double of what was expected,” Van Doren said.
The additional COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held on November 2nd from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; November 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; November 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and December 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The clinics will be held at the Route 12 County Complex, located at 314 Route 12, in Flemington.
In addition to the traditional COVID-19 vaccine, the Health Department also has doses of the new bivalent booster shot for eligible recipients.
“The bivalent vaccine, also referred to as ‘updated boosters’ contain two messenger RNA (mRNA) components of SARS-CoV-2 virus, one of the original strains of SARS-CoV-2 and the other one in common between the BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. In other words, it provides improved protection against the omicron variant of the COVID-19 strain,” van Doren said.
The CDC recommends everyone eligible should get vaccinated and boosted. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
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“The entire team at the Health Department continues to meet the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19 and they are to be commended for their hard work and continued dedication to the community,” Van Doren said.
In addition to bivalent and initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine, the County Health Department is providing weekly pediatric vaccine clinics for those under 5-years-old. The pediatric clinics are strictly by appointment only.