“Schools should not allow in any unimmunized children unless they have a valid medical excuse,” Dr Shanik told TLS.
Dr. Shanik says says since the outbreak, hundreds of children are being vaccinated each day.
Residnts tell TLS they have a hard time getting through to the office since the outbreak was announced, and some say they have waited on hold for over an hour.
Dr. Shanik says there’s only so much they can fit into the 7AM-11PM workday, and the secretaries are working as efficient as possible. Appointments can be made at any of their six locations.
CHEMED says they are also seeing hundreds of patients, and patients keep pouring in. They said you do not need to be a patient at CHEMED to receive the shot.
“Anyone in need of the MMR vaccine can walk into CHEMED between 10am and 4pm Monday, November 5th through Thursday, November 8th,” CHEMED stated. “Please bring your insurance card and vaccination records if they are available. You do not need to be a CHEMED patient to get the vaccine. There will be no need to change your PCP.”
They added, “CHEMED is being proactive and aggressively putting into place measures to stop the spread of the measles virus. Thanks to the assistance of the Ocean County Health Department, New Jersey Department of Health, the New Jersey EMS Taskforce and the New Jersey Primary Care Association a negative pressure tent has been set up in the CHEMED parking lot which will allow for the examination of patients with measles symptoms without further spread of the disease. Anyone exhibiting measles symptoms such as fever, conjunctivitis and/or rash should come to CHEMED’s entrance where they will be directed appropriately.”
Meanwhile, more establishments in Lakewood are taking a stand against the unimmunized – including the Gym Lakewood and Snaps.