Pharmacist partners with Indian Health Camp of New Jersey to hold vaccine drives

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Ritesh Shah of Legacy Pharmacy Group, in collaboration with Swaminarayan Temple in South Brunswick, held COVID-19 vaccine drive on May 8 through the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey. PHOTO COURTESY OF IHCNJ
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Ritesh Shah of Legacy Pharmacy Group, in collaboration with Swaminarayan Temple in South Brunswick, held COVID-19 vaccine drive on May 8 through the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey. PHOTO COURTESY OF IHCNJ
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Ritesh Shah of Legacy Pharmacy Group, in collaboration with Swaminarayan Temple in South Brunswick, held COVID-19 vaccine drive on May 8 through the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey. PHOTO COURTESY OF IHCNJ
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Ritesh Shah of Legacy Pharmacy Group, in collaboration with Swaminarayan Temple in South Brunswick, held COVID-19 vaccine drive on May 8 through the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey. PHOTO COURTESY OF IHCNJ
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Ritesh Shah of Legacy Pharmacy Group, in collaboration with Swaminarayan Temple in South Brunswick, held COVID-19 vaccine drive on May 8 through the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey. PHOTO COURTESY OF IHCNJ
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Ritesh Shah of Legacy Pharmacy Group, in collaboration with Swaminarayan Temple in South Brunswick, held COVID-19 vaccine drive on May 8 through the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey. PHOTO COURTESY OF IHCNJ

The Indian Health Camp of New Jersey (IHCNJ) continues to provide support during the pandemic. Ritesh Shah of Legacy Pharmacy Group, in collaboration with Balaji Temple in Bridgewater and Swaminarayan Temple in South Brunswick, held COVID-19 vaccine drives on May 1 and 8, respectively.

About 100 people received vaccinations offered by Ritesh Shah of Legacy Pharmacy Group and Bayshore and Ramtown pharmacies.

South Brunswick Mayor Charles Carley, Deputy Mayor Joe Camarota, former Mayor of Montgomery Township Sadaf Jaffer and South Brunswick School Board Member Joyce Mehta were among the elected officials who attended the vaccine drive on May 8 to extend their support to IHCNJ’s continued efforts of community health outreach, according to information provided by IHCNJ.

A proclamation from the South Brunswick mayor and council was presented during the vaccine drive on May 8.

Shah, owner of four independent pharmacies in Central Jersey and CEO of Legacy Pharmacy Group, a group purchasing organization for independent pharmacies, has been practicing pharmacy in New Jersey for more than 20 years, according to the statement.

To date, Legacy Pharmacy Group has tested more than 250,000 people and before New Jersey pharmacists got access to vaccines, Shah had pre-registered nearly 100,000 individuals for them, according to the statement.

In October, Shah received a commendation from the Governor of New Jersey, a state Senator and the General Assembly for his efforts in helping educate the public, testing for COVID-19 and helping prevent the spread of the disease, according to the statement.

“We are all in this together,” Shah said in the statement. “As pharmacists, we must do all it takes to make our communities safer. It’s not only our responsibility, it’s an obligation.”

Dr. Mona Mody, Dr. Prema Prasad, Asha Shah, ICHNJ Vice President Shirish Parekh, Avani Patel and Peggy Rizzo of Ramtwon Pharmacy and Nelly Fuzaylov and Aleena Mehdi of Bayshore Pharmacy extended their services during the vaccine drive.

For more information about IHCNJ services during the pandemic or any assistance in getting the vaccine or testing, contact Dr. Tushar Patel at 848-391-0499 or tpatel434@yahoo.com, or Ritesh Shah at 732-766-0546or ritesh1997@yahoo.com