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MANALAPAN – The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners has announced its partnership with the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center (VNACJ CHC) and Manalapan to vaccinate the senior community in Manalapan during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“The county is committed to doing everything we can to help protect our most vulnerable residents and right now getting our senior residents vaccinated is our priority,” Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone said.

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“We are happy to provide the transportation for our seniors and help them in any way we can so they can get these vaccines to protect themselves and get back to living their lives,” he said.

The Monmouth County Department of Transportation will provide transportation to the VNACJ CHC vaccination site at Bell Works in Holmdel, according to a press release from the county.

“When community partners work together, it is amazing what we can get done for our residents,” Commissioner Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley said. “We are grateful to the VNACJ CHC for providing the vaccines and to Manalapan for helping to identify and coordinate with the seniors to get their appointments.”

Community members who cannot travel to a site due to a disability or other medical condition will receive vaccinations in their community center or clubhouse by the VNACJ CHC Mobile Vaccination Strike Team with support from Monmouth County, according to the press release.

“We at the VNACJ Community Health Center are honored to partner with Monmouth County and Manalapan in providing vaccines to our neighbors who are most vulnerable to COVID-19,” said Christopher Rinn, CEO of the organization.

Manalapan officials and the Manalapan Medical Reserves Corps are working to identify vulnerable members of ther community and to register them in the VNACJ CHC vaccine registration system. Registered community members will be given priority appointments, according to the press release.

“Manalapan officials would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in working to clear the town’s COVID vaccine list of 65-year-olds and above.

“It would not have been possible without the hard work of Monmouth County, from the commissioner director, Tom Arnone, through the Monmouth County Office on Aging, the VNACJ and their CEO Christopher Rinn, former Lt. Governor and current president of Fulfill, Kim Guadagno, and our own Manalapan Senior Center Director Elaine McNamara,” Mayor Jack McNaboe said.

“The town list consisted of over 400 seniors who were pre-registered, but unable to secure a vaccine appointment time. We look forward to the same great partnership as we work to get the vulnerable disabled population of Manalapan immunized,” he said.

Residents who are 60 years old and over, or 18 years old and older and disabled, with a confirmed vaccine appointment, may schedule a trip to the vaccine site by calling the Monmouth County Division of Transportation at 732-431-6480, option 1.

Transportation is only available during normal operating hours which are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Residents who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can also go to the county’s website at www.visitmonmouth.com and use the Monmouth County online vaccine scheduling system to make an appointment.

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