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Hunterdon Healthcare Administers Over 43,000 COVID-19 Vaccines

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January 17, 2022

Since December 2020, Hunterdon Healthcare has organized and staffed over 50 COVID-19 vaccination clinics administering more than 43,000 shots to individuals aged 5 years and older. This number includes clinics for Hunterdon Healthcare employees, regional healthcare workers, adults, children, adolescents, and several specialty clinics designated for certain underserved groups.

Over the past 13 months, COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been held at various locations including the Hunterdon Medical Center Day Hospital, Hunterdon Medical Group primary care practices, the Hunterdon Health & Wellness Center at Clinton, the 31 North Office Center on Route 31, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, and most recently, 600 Corporate Drive in Lebanon. In April 2021, several “mega clinics” were held at Hunterdon Central Regional High School and hosted over 10,000 people from across the region.

The Hunterdon Healthcare vaccination clinic, located at 600 Corporate Drive in Lebanon, NJ, hosts between 600 to 900 individuals each Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. It takes approximately 50 to 60 Hunterdon Healthcare employees and volunteers to staff these large clinics every week. According to Barb Tofani, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Assistant Vice President, Outpatient and Ambulatory Services, “Coordinating and managing these large-scale vaccine clinics isn’t always easy, but we have been successful due to the teamwork and ingenuity of our dedicated staff and volunteers.” She continued, “We are very proud of what we have accomplished over the past year; the gratitude and thanks from our patients and community have made it all worthwhile.”

Laurie Greenfield-Esarco from Lebanon, who recently attended the vaccine clinic stated, “Just left Hunterdon Healthcare’s Vaccine Clinic in Lebanon. It is well run and efficient. Thank you Hunterdon Healthcare! I was able to get my kids’ booster shots with no problems!”

Behind the scenes, the Vaccination Scheduling Team, led by Mhegan Harris, Revenue Cycle Operations and System Analyst, Hunterdon Medical Group, is responsible for setting up 1st and 2nd dose appointments, answering questions, educating callers on the various vaccines, calling patients every week for appointment reminders, and on many occasions, helping callers find vaccines closer to their home if unable to make it to one of our clinics. At the height of vaccine demand, this group had over 60 re-deployed staff members answering phones and setting up appointments. To date, over 36,000 calls have come through the vaccine scheduling line.

In addition, Hunterdon Healthcare has organized several COVID-19 vaccination specialty clinics for the immunocompromised, the homeless, those experiencing domestic violence, and one for the non-English speaking population. Hunterdon Healthcare staff also attended the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning for two days last summer to help vaccinate the community and arranged vaccines for dozens of homebound patients. According to Patrick Gavin, President & CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare, “It has been a top priority for us to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to as many people in our community as possible.” He continued, “Our staff has done an amazing job moving tens of thousands of patients through our clinics in a safe and efficient manner. As this pandemic continues on, our staff has not wavered in their commitment to keeping our community healthy and safe.”

Hunterdon Healthcare COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Lebanon, NJ location will continue each Wednesday through March 23, 2022 and will offer:

  • 1st and 2nd dose of Pfizer vaccine for children age 5 -11
  • 1st, 2nd and Booster dose of Pfizer vaccinations only for persons age 12 and over
  • 1st, 2nd and Booster dose of Moderna vaccinations for persons aged 18 and over, and
  • 3rd dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations for immunocompromised individuals.

Please visit https://www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/covid-19-vaccine-appointment-scheduler/ to schedule an appointment or call (908) 237-4238 if you need assistance.

Pictured below: Anitra Grant-Myles, CPhT, Advanced Pharmacy Technician draws the vaccine.

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