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Burlington County supplies vaccines and boosters to homebound residents

Health department encourages community members and caretakers to schedule at-home visits.

Special to The Sun: A Burlington County Health Department nurse prepares to administer a COVID vaccine to a patient earlier this year at the Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center clinic.

The Burlington County Health Department continues to make COVID vaccines and booster shots accessible to certain homebound residents where they live and is encouraging residents or their caregivers to make an appointment for an at-home vaccination.

Nearly 900 homebound residents have received vaccinations or booster shots from the health department since it began its at-home vaccination program, including more than 165 residents so far this year.

Health Department officials expect demand will increase now that the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that anyone 50 or older should get a second booster of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine if more than four months has lapsed since they received their first booster shot.

The second booster is also recommended for anyone 12 and older who is immunocompromised.

“We know most of our homebound population is likely eligible for the second booster, so we’re recommending those who are unable to travel to the Burlington County Vaccine Mega-Site or another vaccine site to contact our Health Department and make arrangements for an at-home visit,” said Burlington County Health Department Director Dr. Herb Conaway. “We have ample supplies of vaccines and nurses are equipped to travel and administer the shots.”

Residents who are homebound and seeking a vaccine or booster shot should contact the Health Department at 609-265-5290.

Burlington County residents who are not homebound can get vaccinated or boosted at the Burlington County Vaccine Mega-Site on Nixon Drive in Mount Laurel or check https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/finder to find another nearby vaccination site. 

More than 314,000 people in Burlington County have received their initial courses of vaccine, amounting to just over 91 percent of the county’s population, according to New Jersey Department of Health data. More than 175,000 have received at least one booster shot, amounting to around 60 percent of the county’s eligible population.

“Burlington County is among the state leaders in rates of vaccination and boosters, but we know there are still vulnerable people living here who still haven’t gotten their shots,” said Conaway. “We also know the virus is still present and still spreading, so we really want to encourage those who are now eligible for an additional booster to make arrangements to receive one. It’s simple and safe and provides you with the best possible protection against the worst impacts of the virus.”

“Two years ago, when the pandemic started, our county made responding to COVID and assisting our residents through the crisis our top priority, and we continue to make resources available through our Health Department and other parts of County government,” added Burlington County Commissioner Felicia Hopson, the Board’s liaison to the Health Department. “Bringing vaccine and booster shots to those who are homebound is a prime example of the steps we’ve taken to ensure all our residents are protected, and we continue to encourage those residents who need at-home vaccinations to contact us so we can arrange for it.”

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