The Camden County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with Cooper University Health Care and the Rutgers-Camden School of Nursing, opened phase one of a one-stop-shop for COVID-19 vaccines and boosters that will be housed at Camden County College’s Blackwood campus for the next several months.
The Camden County Health Hub will operate in a large parking lot with pop-up clinical pods.
Residents will be seen from their cars, and the county announced on Oct. 14 that “the convenience and accessibility for the public to clinicians and vaccines will be unlike any other service provided in the region.”
“For all of the outstanding work our public health team did last spring, vaccinating more than 100,000 people, the pandemic is not over and continues to evolve,” Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said in a prepared statement. “In our fight against delta, and to ensure that boosters can get out into the community to aid front line workers, the immunocompromised and senior citizens this hub will provide everything in one place. I also want to thank our healthcare team- this is the perfect example of a public-private partnership delivering an essential service for the people of Camden County.”
The only booster currently available is Pfizer, but the Camden County Department of Health and its partners anticipate booster approvals for other vaccines in the near future.
The Camden County Health Hub is being constructed in two phases. The first phase, which opened on Oct. 14, is administering first and second doses of the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Booster doses of Pfizer are also available for eligible members of the population, and third doses of both Moderna and Pfizer.
A second phase will include COVID testing and other amenities, which will be available on Nov. 1.
“The Health Hub demonstrates the tireless commitment of Camden County health professionals, government, and the broader community to look out for each other during this devastating pandemic,” said U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, a Democrat, on the public-private partnership. “I hope the accessibility and convenience of car-side vaccines will encourage every eligible person to get their shot. We’ll get through this by looking out for each other as a community, and I applaud our commissioners, Cooper University Health Care, and Rutgers-Camden School of Nursing, and Camden County College for their partnership in this latest effort.”
The Health Hub is open Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., though days and times are subject to change based on the demand from the community. Appointments are available online."