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State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Corrado: Prioritize vaccines for homebound residents

By Nikita Biryukov, March 29 2021 2:23 pm

State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) called on Gov. Phil Murphy to provide vaccines to homebound residents and those with developmental disabilities Monday.

“Homebound seniors and developmentally disabled residents feel abandoned,” she said. “They wonder when, if ever, they will have the opportunity to get the vaccine. We are getting calls at our office constantly from family members concerned that they loved ones will fall through the cracks in the rush to inoculate as many New Jersey residents as quickly as possible.”

Under guidance Murphy released last week, residents with developmental disabilities aged 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination as of April 5.

Inoculations for homebound residents are more complicated. Officials face a series of hurdles on that front, vaccine storage and dosage requirements foremost among them, though those problems may be eased once supply of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine ramps up.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the state expected to receive 51,700 doses of the one-jab vaccine this week.

The Department of Health plans to deliver some of those shots using mobile units that are still being stood up but can more easily reach homebound residents.

“Homebound seniors and developmentally disabled residents feel abandoned,” Corrado said. “They wonder when, if ever, they will have the opportunity to get the vaccine. We are getting calls at our office constantly from family members concerned that they loved ones will fall through the cracks in the rush to inoculate as many New Jersey residents as quickly as possible.”

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