NEW Clinic

St. John UMC in Bridgeton will host a free vaccination clinic Oct. 21 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. No identification is required. The second clinic will also be hosted at the church on Nov. 9. Learn more about how this church is transforming its community in a recent article here.

NJ Vaccine Mandate Begins Oct. 18

Starting Oct. 18, all school and state workers in New Jersey have to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or show proof of negative tests. In November, the same mandate goes into effect for workers at childcare facilities.

Article from Yahoo

“Unvaccinated Are Nearly 6x More Likely to End Up in the Hospital, According to Analysis of New Jersey’s COVID Cases”

Read here.

Article: "He has COVID and it’s tough for him to talk but he needs for you to hear this"

Article: COVID-19 vaccines were not developed overnight

Principal Research Scientist at United States drug maker, Pfizer, Dr. Vidia Roopchand has sought to dispel concerns that COVID vaccines were developed overnight, but said they date back to the fight against two other coronaviruses.

Read more.

Article from USA Today on 8.2.21

“The COVID culture war: At what point should personal freedom yield to the common good?”

Read here.

7/27 Report from the CDC

The CDC issued new guidelines, recommending that vaccinated people wear masks when indoors “in areas of substantial or high transmission.” To read the full report, click here.

Vaccine Resources

Making it as easy as possible to find a Vaccination Appointment
Want to know where to get vaccinated or help someone else get vaccinated? Text your ZIP Code to GETVAX — G-E-T-V-A-X. That’s 438829 and you will be texted back three locations near you with vaccines in stock. If you prefer the information in Spanish, text your ZIP Code to VACUNA. That’s 822862.

Prefer a specific vaccine? Click on the text or visit There are more than 75,000 places you can go to get a shot. In fact, 90 percent of Americans live with — have a vaccine, right now, within five miles of them.

Extension of the Healthcare Special Enrollment Period
Over one million Americans have signed up for health insurance through as a result of the Biden Administration’s Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.  The 2021 SEP, along with the additional financial assistance afforded by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), offers individuals and families an opportunity to take advantage of reduced premiums, increased savings, and quality, affordable health coverage through Since April 1, premiums have been reduced by over 40 percent for nearly 2 million current enrollees.  More information is available here. Consumers can call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596, which provides assistance in over 150 languages. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325. Consumers can also find a local assister or agent/broker in their area:

New Effort to Vaccinate Migratory and Seasonal Workers:
HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the CDC, and the FDA, is coordinating efforts to support COVID-19 vaccination of migratory and seasonal agricultural workers (MSAW) including workers in the food sector. These workers, including workers in the food sector, are often at heightened risk of COVID-19 infection as a result of multiple common factors, such as living in congregate housing, using shared transportation, and close working conditions. Read more here.

Pandemic Challenges Faced by the AANHPI Community:
The HHS podcast, Immunity in Our Community, released a new episode today called “Pandemic Challenges Faced by the AANHPI Community.” You can check it out here.

Lyft Offers Free or Discounted Transportation to Vaccination Sites

For more details, click here.

2021 Vaccine Info

Starting May 19, indoor capacity restrictions for churches in NJ were lifted. However, they are still adhering to all CDC guidelines.

The state’s call center is open from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at 855-568-0545. Those who are able can pre-register for the vaccine, click here where additional information like the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System can also be found.

  • To learn more about vaccinations in Pennsylvania, click here.
  • To learn more about vaccinations for New York State, including sites, click here.

March Relay story

What do the efficacy numbers mean?

6 Tips from the CDC to Build Confidence in the Vaccine

Article from Medical News Today

For an informative article from Medical News Today that outlines and chronicles the development of the vaccine, read here.

Video from NBC News

Learn how one Monmouth County, NJ, doctor is addressing the history of vaccines in helping build trust in its efficacy and safety. Watch here.

COVID-19 and Vaccine Data & Metrics By County

To see what where your county is, click here.

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If you have received a vaccination, please reach out to Heather Mistretta to let her know how you’re doing.