Free COVID-19 shots to be provided in local neighborhoods; door-to-door program to begin.
Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of County Commissioners advises residents that the COVID-19 vaccine is now available at convenient pop-up clinics throughout the County, in addition to permanent sites in Elizabeth, Union Township, and Plainfield.
“We have come a long way, but we are still in a race against dangerous new COVID-19 variants that can impact people who are unvaccinated. We are pulling out all the stops to reach them in time,” said Union County Commissioner Board Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Everyone can help pitch in, by encouraging family and friends to take advantage of these new opportunities to get vaccinated.”
Union County began offering pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics in local communities earlier this year, in order to reach vulnerable populations including seniors, homeless individuals, and others who would have difficulty traveling to a centralized vaccine site.
This month, County personnel also began offering COVID-19 vaccines at the County’s ongoing series of emergency food distribution events for residents facing financial hardship due to the pandemic.
In partnership with United Way, the County’s pop-up program has now expanded to include all age-approved Union County residents. Currently, any resident age 12 and older is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. Eligibility for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines begins at age 18.
The pop-up clinics are currently offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose. Any Union County resident can make an appointment at any of the following clinics, regardless of their home town:
- June 16 in Elizabeth: Port Elizabeth Seventh Day Adventist Church, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- June 18 in Roselle: Warinanco Park, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
- June 19 in Union Township: Rabkin Park, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.*
- June 22 in Hillside: Hillside High School, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- June 27 in Plainfield, Second Street Youth Center/Cristo Para Las Naciones 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
*These clinics will be held in conjunction with Juneteenth events
Appointments can be booked online by creating an account at ucnj.org/vax, or by contacting the Union County Vaccine Call Center at 908-613-7829 (7VAX).
In addition, COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be available by appointment at Union County’s three permanent vaccination sites: Dunn Hall in Elizabeth (currently offering the Pfizer vaccine), Kean University in Union Township (Moderna), and Plainfield High School in Plainfield (Johnson & Johnson). For appointments, create an account at at ucnj.org/vax, or call 908-613-7829 (7VAX).
Union County has also been conducting person-to-person outreach through the Union County Vaccine Call Center, and is working with United Way and other community stakeholders to collaborate with civic and religious groups that can assist the effort to reach unvaccinated people in underserved communities.
In July, the outreach effort will expand to include door-to-door visits, with the aim of alerting local residents to upcoming pop-up clinics in their neighborhood, encouraging them to register for an appointment, and connecting them with a health care professional if needed.
For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the Union County COVID-19 Test Center at Kean University, the Mobile Test Unit, vaccination information, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.
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