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Posted on: December 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Berkeley Heights OEM Issues Statement Regarding Monday's Vaccine Clinic

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As many have heard, the Union County Department of Health vaccine clinic that Berkeley Heights OEM organized for our pediatric population got more attention than we had anticipated [on Monday, December 6]. The goal of this clinic was to provide an opportunity for our BH students to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in an easy, convenient manner. Unfortunately, without our consent or knowledge the entire state was notified via a text message blast that there was a clinic at Woodruff School and walk-ins were welcome on a first come, first serve basis. Our clinic was full with 206 appointments scheduled for second doses and boosters. OEM was under the impression that this clinic was being opened to only township residents and we sincerely apologize to those that had to wait for their vaccine or were inconvenienced in any way by the large influx of traffic. We have already met with BHPD and taken steps to ensure that this does not happen again in the future. We would like to thank the BH school district for allowing us to use Mountain Park and Woodruff schools to administer vaccines and being extremely accommodating [yesterday] as we dealt with unexpected turnout. In order to ensure the safety of our residents and, especially, our students, we will not be utilizing schools as vaccination clinic sites in the future. OEM will be working with our health department and police department to ensure that we can continue to provide these great services to our township residents in a safe and effective manner.

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