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8/19/2021 - Hamilton Prepares for COVID-19 Booster Vaccinations

 

Hamilton Township Division of Health is prepared to provide residents with an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as booster shots once the Food and Drug Administration gives approval.


Announced earlier this week, the CDC recommends that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. These individuals include people who have been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood, have received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system, received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system, moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome), advanced or untreated HIV infection, or active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.


Residents qualifying as being immunocompromised may contact the Division of Health, or walk into an upcoming vaccination clinic, including this week at the St. Gregory the Great Family Festival through August 21st. No medical proofs or documentation is required to show an individual meets the medical criteria.  


“With the delta variant on the rise and the need for additional vaccination doses being announced, our Division of Health staff continue to answer the call each and every day. Their service and commitment to the public health of our community has never faltered,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “The Township holds vaccination clinics each week, including home visits for our most vulnerable, and will continue to provide this service for as long as it takes.”


Yesterday, public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and President Biden announced that beginning the week of September 20th, all Americans will be eligible to get a COVID-19 booster shot eight months after they received their second vaccine dose. 


Hamilton Township Health Officer, Christopher Hellwig stated, “The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United State continue to be remarkably effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. It is critical that unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people get their primary series of vaccines to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 and its more serve outcomes. Nearly all the cases of severe disease, hospitalization, and death continue to occur among those not yet vaccinated at all.”


Residents may contact the Hamilton Township Division of Health for more information on COVID-19 and vaccination at (609) 890-3884, (609) 890-3825 or email covidvaccine@hamiltonnj.com. Information on Hamilton vaccination clinics can be found on our website, www.HamiltonNJ.com