The Morris County Board of Freeholders today issued the following statement regarding Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement that Morris County, Atlantic Health System and the State of New Jersey will establish a “Mega COVID-19 Vaccination Center” in commercial space located in Rockaway Township.

“We are proud to be partners with Atlantic Health System and the State of New Jersey in this very important effort to stem the devastating tide of COVID-19. By launching this massive vaccination center in our backyard, we will bring the vaccine not only to Morris County residents, but also to our neighbors and families throughout North Jersey as we continue to fight this deadly virus.  This is a unique opportunity for Morris County to help bring the vaccine to thousands of people daily and to be an integral part of a national endeavor that, we pray, will one day restore normalcy to the daily lives of all Americans.  We are truly thankful to have found such supportive partners in this effort as Atlantic Health and the State of New Jersey, and we look forward to moving expeditiously on this plan.”

It is important to note that federal and state guidelines for the issuance of COVID-19 vaccinations require that vaccinations be provided first to individuals in long-term care facilities and direct care givers. The next level of vaccinations will involve first responders.

This facility is not yet open and, when established, will not be open to the general public until future notice. No one will be permitted to walk in to the facility without authorization and no vaccine will be provided to individuals who show up unannounced.

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