Good Afternoon and Happy Friday!
COVID-19 vaccinations are well on their way here in Hamilton. Since the end of December, under the leadership of Department of Health Director Kathy Fitzgerald and Hamilton Health Officer Chris Hellwig, Hamilton has partnered with neighboring towns to distribute vaccine to our area healthcare workers and first responders.
With the Governor’s announcement this week that individuals 65 years old or older plus those between the ages of 16-64 with chronic health conditions are now eligible for the vaccine, we have seen demand for the vaccine skyrocket. Since Wednesday, our Township has received over 1,000 calls and emails from residents wanting to get an appointment. At this time, we are taking all of the names and contact information for anyone who reaches out and putting all on a waitlist in the order they call.
Unfortunately, given our vaccine allotment, we are booked through the end of the month. However, working with Mercer County and area health organizations, we expect that by the end of the month there will be a significant increase in the amount of vaccine available, as well as the amount of professionals available to administer the vaccine.
At this time, the best place to register for the vaccine is through the NJVSS system (https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/). There are also many sites (https://covid19.nj.gov/.../covid-19-vaccine-locations-for...) already up and running throughout New Jersey that you can find and register for individually. Even if you have reached out to the Township to get on our waitlist, you should still register through the NJVSS system to give yourself the best chance at getting the quickest appointment.
If you or a loved one needs to get tested, our Health Department has put together a list of area facilities that are administering tests, the type of test they administer and approximate turnaround time. The list can be found on our Department of Health website (https://hamiltonnj.com/Health). In addition, Mercer County has at-home test kits available and still offers free testing sites each week.
This has been a long 10 months for all of us with still more difficult days ahead. It has tested our resolve individually and as a community, but all of us have continually met the challenge. There is a light at the end of this dark tunnel and if we continue to work together, we will come out stronger once we get there!