VNACJ Community Health Center reaches milestone: 100,000.  COVID-19 vaccine

ASBURY PARK (March 22, 2022) – A major milestone in the fight to protect our local communities from COVID-19 was reached as the Central Jersey Community Health Center Visiting Nurse Association (VNACJ CHC) celebrated their 100,000. vaccine administered.

CHC Nurse Rita Jacoby, LPN, administered the 100,000 to Mariangeli Morales of Jackson, NJ at the Freehold CHC at 597 Park Avenue in Freehold, NJ. COVID-19 vaccine

“This achievement symbolizes more than just the milestone in the vaccine. It represents the success of more than two years of dedicated outreach and education efforts by our doctors, nurses and staff, who have contributed more than 65,000 hours to improving immunization awareness and accessibility for residents throughout Monmouth County,” said Christopher Rinn , Chief Executive Officer of VNACJ CHC.

VNACJ CHC administered its first COVID-19 vaccine on December 28, 2020 at Asbury Park Community Health Center, followed by the Red Bank and Freehold facilities on the same day.

Vaccination and testing was then expanded to all four CHC sites and five additional immunization centers. To reach those who could not arrange transportation to Community Health Center sites, CHC 2021 partnered with local officials and the NJ EMS Task Force to facilitate a mobile immunization program that ran through May 2021 and administered more than 61,000 Vaccinations at Asbury Park Senior Center, Bell Works in Holmdel and the Red Bank YMCA.

CHC also participated in Boost NJ Day and worked with many community organizations to promote immunization including Autism NJ, Interfaith Neighbors, the City of Asbury Park, Ocean First Bank, Habitat for Humanity, the Affordable Housing Alliance and many school communities throughout Monmouth County.

VNA Health Group has also reached vulnerable communities via mobile pop-up sites, resulting in over 16,800 additional shots in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties, and the VNAHG home care team provided nearly 1,700 home care shots .
“Fortunately, the number of COVID-19 cases is slowing down, but we must remain vigilant,” said Dr. Terry Shlimbaum, Chief Medical Officer of VNACJ CHC. “Our community health centers are committed to providing vaccinations and testing services for as long as needed to help residents protect themselves from the virus.”

“Vaccination efforts are just a small part of our overall mission: to improve access to health services, life-saving screening and treatments for people of all ages in our local communities, especially the underserved, to improve their health and well-being.” said Sarina Brady, Chief Operating Officer of VNACJ CHC.

About the VNACJ Community Health Center
The Community Health Center (VNACJ.org) is a nationally recognized health center with a team of world-class health professionals that strives to remain an accessible source of health care for patients of all ages and backgrounds. From behavioral medicine to chiropractic care to regular family checkups, the Community Health Center provides compassionate, comprehensive care to all patients, regardless of ability to pay, and offers patients a tiered fee structure.

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