SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ — Just as Somerset County has begun rolling out the COVID-19 vaccinations for health workers, the county announced possible locations for the public to receive their shots once available.

“Somerset County is currently identifying sites where it can safely and quickly provide vaccines soon after they are received by the federal government.” according to the county.

The primary vaccination site will be at Raritan Valley Community College at 118 Lamington Rd. in Branchburg — currently where the county is offering COVID-19 testing.

Smaller sites are currently planned for the Bridgewater Senior Center, Quail Brook Golf Course in Franklin, and Warrenbrook Golf Course in Warren.

“Additional sites will be rolled out to ensure every resident who wants to be vaccinated has a location within easy travel distance of their residence,” according to Somerset County.

The announcement comes as Somerset County began this week to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine for its health workers.

Namitha Reddy, the Director of the Somerset County Department of Health (SCDOH) and leader of the county’s COVID-19 response, received the first shot from nurse Ravi Modh of the Rutgers Nurse Anesthesia Program to demonstrate her confidence in the vaccine.

“If I am going to ask my friends and neighbors in Somerset County to get vaccinated, it is vital that I step up and do it myself to show how confident I am in its safety and efficacy,” said Reddy. “We’ve all worked so hard together in the past year to get through the pandemic, and with this vaccine we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and be ready to find our new normal.”

The Somerset County Department Of Health has created three regions – North, Central, and South – based on geographic size and population where sites will be set up for easy access for residents.

Per the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, priority for distribution of the vaccine will be determined based on the following categories:

  • Group 1A – Community Health Care Workers
  • Group 1B – Essential Employees
  • Group 1C – High Risk Members of the General Population

As the supply of vaccines grows during 2021, the groups to receive vaccines will expand to include the general population. Most Somerset County residents who want a vaccination should be able to receive their initial dose by mid-spring and complete their vaccination by August 2021.

All vaccinations will be provided free of charge but will require participants to register using the Somerset County Health Department’s online tool that will be interoperable with state and federal systems to ensure accurate and complete record keeping.

For more information on Somerset County’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout, visit https://bit.ly/3nXRYHO. Additional information on COVID-19 testing in Somerset County is available at https://bit.ly/38KzrZa.

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