Chester Township
1 Parker Road
Chester, New Jersey 07930
908-879-5100

Feb. 4, 2021 update on vaccine information from Mayor Asdal:

Information from 2/4 call with Morris County officials:

Testing Center

• Testing center at County College continues to operate 9:00-4:00 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

• They are doing about 400 tests/day with a 24-hour turnaround for results. This will continue for the foreseeable future.

Vaccination Center

• The vaccination center at Sears/Rockaway Mall is operating every day from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

• They have given about 1400-1800 doses/day with an average wait time of one hour; this includes a 15-30 minute observation period.

• Except for one day, there has been no waiting in lines outdoors.

• They’ve administered about 15,000 vaccines so far.

• The state is allocating about 50% of the doses it receives from the state to the mega-centers.

• Demand continues to outpace supply.

• Mid-to-late February the doses may increase to 2400 doses/day with the doses split between the first and second doses.

• It is recommended that eligible residents register on the Atlantic Health site rather than the NJ site. The advantage for this approach is that you will be registered and notified when appointments become available. The registration on the state’s site only notifies residents when they are eligible for the vaccination; they must then still register for an appointment at the site of their choosing.

• When a resident receives the first dose at the county’s mega-site, the appointment time/date is set up for the second dose.

• The mega-site will not be implementing a plan to vaccinate homebound residents; local health departments may be setting up procedures to address this population.

• Our Washington Twp. Health Dept. is actively investigating all options to connect our residents with vaccination opportunities, including the possibility of a joint effort with neighboring municipalities. The limiting factor in all scenarios is the lack of vaccine.

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