The Burlington County Health Department is opening four COVID vaccine clinics in Pemberton, Palmyra, Evesham and Bordentown as part of its continuing push to ensure vaccine and boosters are accessible to all local residents.
The clinics will operate on a rotating basis, with morning, afternoon and evening hours four days a week, and will help supplement operations at the Burlington County Vaccine Mega-Site on Nixon Road in Mount Laurel. Primary doses of all three vaccines will be available at each community clinic, along with boosters and third doses of each.
The new clinics will begin operating next week with the following operating hours:
Mondays: The Nesbit Center, 1 Anderson Road, Pemberton (noon to 6 p.m.);
Tuesdays: Palmyra Community Center, 30 West Broad Street (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.);
Wednesdays: The Gibson House, 535 East Main Street, Marlton (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.);
Thursdays: Bordentown Senior Center, 3 Municipal Drive, Bordentown (noon to 6 p.m.)
Walkups are welcome at any of the clinics and residents can make appointments at https://patientportal.advancedmd.com/149623/onlinescheduling/existing or by calling 1-844-569-0390.
The Mega-Site also continues to operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are available online at https://www.virtua.org/
Burlington County Health Department Director Dr. Herb Conaway said the new clinics provide easy access for those who aren’t vaccinated and boosted to get protected.
More than 300,000 Burlington County residents have received their primary series of vaccine (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) and more than 144,000 have received a third-dose or booster.
More than 50 percent of Burlington County’s eligible population of residents 12 and up have also now been boosted, which is the highest percentage of any county in New Jersey.
“We’ve made a tremendous amount of progress but there are still people who are still vulnerable,” said Conaway. “The vaccines and boosters are proven to be safe and effective protection from the most severe outcomes of COVID-19 and all its variants, so we’re bringing them directly to where people live and work to make it easier for those who still need them to get their shots. We all want to put this pandemic behind us and getting more people vaccinated and boosted offers the surest route.”
He said the addition of Pemberton clinic was intended to provide another vaccination site on the eastern side of the county.
“Pemberton Township, North Hanover, New Hanover and Wrightstown are communities of concern with lower vaccination rates than some other parts of our county, so we’re taking this step to make sure residents there have convenient access,” Conaway said.
New Jersey Senator Troy Singleton praised the county for its COVID response and making vaccines accessible across the county.
“Burlington County has stepped up repeatedly to ensure that our residents have access to both testing and vaccines,” said Singleton, who represents 17 towns within the county. “With the addition of these four new vaccination sites – two of which are located at the northern and southern ends of our legislative district in Bordentown and Palmyra- vaccines and boosters are even more accessible and readily available.”
The launch of the new vaccine clinics come one week after the county announced the opening of two additional COVID testing sites in Evesham and Mount Laurel to help meet expanded demand for testing.
“Since the very start of the pandemic, our county has made responding to COVID and assisting our residents through the crisis our top priority,” said Commissioner Felicia Hopson, who is the Board’s liaison to the Health Department. “Every one of our departments has been involved and we’ve worked in close partnership with all levels of government and local businesses, health care providers and nonprofit organizations. We have reason to believe the worst of the recent surge may be behind us, but we’re continuing to take steps to protect public health and safety and ensure our residents have the resources they need.”