Pre-Registration Strongly Recommended
For Immediate Release – September 28, 2021
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Middletown Township today announced that it will be joining forces with the VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Center to provide booster shots for those who are eligible, as well as COVID-19 vaccines, beginning Wednesday, September 29th at the Middletown Township Public Library (55 New Monmouth Road).
VNACJ Community Health Center nurses will be administering the Pfizer booster shot in the Community Room at the library on Wednesdays from 10 AM to 5:30 PM for the remainder of 2021. Pfizer booster shots will be available in accordance with CDC guidance to those ages 65 and older who have already received the 1st and 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine, as well as to those over the age of 18 who fall within the CDC guidance for health conditions and occupational risks.
“As soon as the COVID-19 vaccine became available earlier this year, Middletown began its efforts to provide our residents with immediate access,” said Mayor Perry. “Our continued partnership with the VNACJ to provide the booster shot reaffirms our commitment to protecting the most vulnerable members of our community.”
People ages 12 and over who have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are welcome to receive their first and second doses at the library. The Moderna vaccine will be available for first and second doses for those over the age of 18.
The FDA and the CDC have yet to authorize boosters of the Moderna vaccine. It is not recommended to those who have received 1st and 2nd doses of Moderna to switch to Pfizer for their booster, according to Dr. Terry Shlimbaum, Chief Medical Officer, VNACJ Community Health Center. The J&J/Janssen one dose vaccine is currently out of stock. It will be offered to those who have yet to be vaccinated when it becomes available.
“We are honored to partner with Mayor Perry and the Township Committee, the Board of Health, and the staff and trustees of the Middletown Township Public Library, to protect the health of Middletown area residents against this deadly and persistent virus,” said Christopher Rinn, CEO of VNACJ Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center with four Monmouth County locations.
Appointments are not necessary to receive a vaccine at the library, but pre-registration is strongly recommended at www.middletownnj.org/vnacj. The VNACJ is also offering self-scheduling via that link. You do not need to be a Middletown resident in order to register for this clinic. Those seeking vaccines should bring their ID and insurance card if they have one. Those seeking boosters should also bring their vaccine card. Masks are recommended, but not required.
Tara Berson, Middletown Township Communications Director
Art Gallagher, VNACJ Community Health Center