Vaccine Rollout

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Last Thursday, Livingston Township officials hosted a vaccine forum, an online discussion that allowed residents to ask questions about the vaccination process. It was informative and conducted efficiently. Credit is due to all who spoke during the more than hour-long panel for answering many of the queries that concerned residents had about the COVID-19 vaccines, and the pandemic at large. In a time where misinformation about vaccines is running rampant, having our community leaders directly answer questions is a terrific way to combat distrust and confusion.

If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, get one as soon as possible. Those eligible as of press time include adults 65 years and older, frontline healthcare workers, individuals in long term care facilities, people between the ages of 16 and 64 with certain medical conditions (ranging from cancer to smoking), and first responders. Pregnant and immunocompromised individuals are also eligible, but should consult with their medical providers. This is a large group of people, roughly half the adult population of New Jersey, and the sooner everyone eligible is vaccinated, the sooner other categories of people who are desperately awaiting their vaccinations — from teachers and restaurant workers, to more people with underlying health conditions and those who live in close quarters with others — may receive their shots.

 

 

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