RELEASE: Gottheimer Formally Requests FEMA Community Vaccination Centers for New Jersey to Help Underserved, Rural, & Lower-Income Communities

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Washington, February 27, 2021 | comments

New York announced two Community Vaccination sites through FEMA this week

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Regional Vaccine Task Force Lead to formally request that a FEMA Community Vaccination Center be created in New Jersey to focus on helping underserved communities and to begin vaccinating Jersey residents daily. 

Earlier this week, the State of New York announced the opening of two New York State-FEMA Community Vaccination Centers that will vaccinate 3,000 New Yorkers each day. Currently, there is no FEMA Community Vaccination Center within the State of New Jersey.

“New Jersey has been in the eye of the COVID-19 storm from the very beginning and, tragically, more than 23,000 New Jersey residents have died from this virus,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “This week, I met with FEMA to formally request that a mass vaccination site be established in our state with a specific focus on helping our underserved communities. Continuing to expand vaccine distribution is the best way for us to get through this crisis and to recover, and it’s vital that vaccines are distributed equitably to all communities throughout the Garden State.”

The most recent bicameral, bipartisan COVID-19 relief package, spearheaded by Gottheimer’s Problem Solvers Caucus and signed into law in late December 2020, included more than $60 billion for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, deployment, and testing and tracing. This investment is to help state and local health departments deploy additional vaccines through technology upgrades, staffing support, and supplies necessary to actually administer the vaccine.

For more information on where, how, and when New Jersey residents can currently get vaccinated, visit here

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