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NJ Department of Health recognizes Centenary University for top rates in flu and COVID-19 vaccination

The University was awarded the top spot for flu vaccinations in the small college category for the second consecutive year.

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — Centenary University has been recognized by the New Jersey Department of Health as the top small college for flu and COVID-19 vaccination in the New Jersey College & University Flu Challenge.

The fifth annual competition, which covered the 2021-2022 flu season, encouraged friendly competition between the state’s institutions of higher learning to determine which campus could achieve the highest flu and COVID-19 vaccination percentages. Each participating institution developed and implemented a unique vaccination campaign to fit the needs of the student body, and students self-reported their flu and COVID-19 vaccination status.

This is the second consecutive year that Centenary University scored the highest percentage of students reporting flu vaccination in the small college division.

This was the first year the state offered a category measuring COVID-19 vaccination. While many campuses remained virtual during the 2020-2021 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Centenary University offered a HyFlex learning model providing students with the choice to attend classes in person, online, or a combination of both.

As a result, many Centenary students opted for on-campus classes that adhered to stringent COVID-19 safety measures, many of which carried over to the current academic year.

Erika Lobe, adolescent and adult immunization coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Health, visited the University’s Hackettstown campus to present the trophy to Executive Director of the Wellness Center at Centenary University Theresa A. Lord-Stout.

“This honor represents Centenary’s strong commitment to student health,” said Lord-Stout. “The communal setting on college campuses can create a perfect breeding ground for illnesses like flu and COVID-19. Centenary University staff and students have worked diligently on measures to keep our community safe and healthy. Centenary’s small size and adherence to safety measures are big reasons why the University was able to offer in-person instruction through most of the pandemic, while larger educational institutions remained remote.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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