By Kimberly Burnett
Edison, NJ– Middlesex County and RWJBarnabas Health officials joined New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today in opening the Middlesex County Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-site in Edison Township at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center (97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ).
The Edison vaccination mega-site is equipped with 20 vaccination stations and will be open Monday through Friday from 8am until 4pm. Administration of up to 2,400 Covid-19 vaccinations can occur at the site per day to qualified individuals as per the State’s priority guidelines, which now include individuals ages 65 and up. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, both currently granted with Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA, will be administered at the site. Qualified individuals must pre-register online for an appointment to receive the vaccine at covid19.nj.gov.
“We are pleased that Middlesex County has been selected as a vaccine mega-site destination and are proud to partner with a trusted name in healthcare, RWJBarnabas Health and the State on this historic effort,” said County Commissioner Director, Ronald G. Rios. “Our County is fully equipped to provide the necessary resources and advanced infrastructure to deploy the COVID-19 vaccine safely and efficiently both at the mega-site and at our own vaccination sites. This vaccine is a powerful blow to the pandemic, but we need to continue to remain vigilant—by wearing masks, socially distancing, and maintaining good hand hygiene.”
“We are proud to partner with Middlesex County and Governor Murphy in standing up this vaccination site here in Edison,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for RWJBarnabas Health. “This mega-site represents the next vital step in getting this vaccine out into our communities so that we can turn the corner in this vicious battle against the virus and make our communities healthier.”
The mega-site is currently vaccinating healthcare workers, staff and residents of long-term care facilities, members of law enforcement and emergency responders including police officers and firefighters. Also included are individuals over the age of 65 and those with certain chronic medical conditions between the ages of 16 and 64.
Teams from RWJBarnabas Health, Middlesex County and the National Guard are coordinating efforts at the site to operate, to staff and to ensure maximum safety and efficiency of the vaccination effort. Together, over 100 staff members are currently on-site to provide services including security, registration, vaccination and medical observation.
The Middlesex County Vaccination Center is one of six mega sites in New Jersey. The other locations include: Gloucester County (Rowan College of South Jersey in Sewell), Morris County (Former Sears store at Rockaway Townsquare Mall), East Rutherford (The Meadowlands, opening soon), Burlington County (The Moorestown Mall) and Atlantic City (The Atlantic City Convention Center, opening soon).
To schedule an appointment at the Edison Mega-site, please visit covid19.nj.gov. Please be advised that you will not have the option to select the specific brand of Covid vaccine you will receive. Vaccines will be determined by the supply that is available.
For more information and resources from the State of New Jersey, please visit covid19.nj.gov. For general COVID-19 questions, please call 2-1-1. For medical COVID-19 questions, please call
For COVID-19 resources and vaccine information from Middlesex County, please visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov/COVID-19.
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ABOUT MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ
Middlesex County is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, three universities, 18 park systems, and world-class healthcare and research facilities making it one of the nation’s most dynamic regions and a leader in technology, transportation, the arts, and food innovation. As one of the most diverse populations in the country, Middlesex County is home to over 832,000 residents living throughout 25 municipalities and employing nearly 40,000 people. Ranked #1 in the state for best schools, the County offers an award-winning vocational school system, a county college, and workforce development creating a unique ecosystem in which opportunities abound. Conveniently located between New York and Philadelphia, Middlesex County is a leading destination for businesses and residents alike to live, work, and play – and has been since the 17th century. For more information, visit middlesexcountynj.gov and find us onFacebook andInstagram.
ABOUT RWJBARNABAS HEALTH
RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, affiliated medical groups, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations.
RWJBH is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBH recently announced an affiliation with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration will align RWJBH with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. For more information, visit www.rwjbh.org.