Vaccination distribution plans should include senior communities say Shore lawmakers

Sen. Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Ned Thomson (R-Monmouth/Ocean) are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to ensure vaccinations can be provided in senior communities and to allocate the resources needed for such a program.

“We have heard from many constituents who live in adult communities (age 55 and older) that they would like to be vaccinated at a site within their community,” said Singer. “Many of the people who live in these age restricted communities are older and many do not drive or drive long distances.”

The lawmakers noted in a letter sent to Murphy Wednesday the need to vaccinate senior citizens in adult communities in Monmouth and Ocean counties, which have large senior populations.

“Providing the opportunity to be vaccinated right in their own community would be a tremendous relief to these senior citizens,” said Kean.

The difficulty with online scheduling is another reason the legislators cited vaccinations are needed in these communities.

“We have heard from hundreds of seniors who still cannot schedule appointments online,” concluded Thomson. “There still is a great need for people to be able to make appointments without using a computer.”

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  1. not just senior communities but any specialized community if it a low income community and they cannot afford to drive they should also have a local vaccination site and so should the business districts in many towns and the school districts in suburban areas where that would be the effective way to reach the people

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