Community Partnership Provides COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing in One
VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Centers and YMCA of Greater Monmouth County Open Vaccination Site at Red Bank Y
Asbury Park, New Jersey (January 20, 2021) – The VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Centers (VNACJ CHCs) and the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County have teamed up to provide COVID-19 vaccines to eligible residents in Monmouth County.
VNACJ CHC is now offering the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine at the Red Bank Family YMCA, in addition to testing for the coronavirus. It is the first satellite vaccination site in New Jersey.
“We are honored to partner with the YMCA to expand our vaccine capacity. They have been incredible partners and gracious hosts as we work together to serve our Monmouth County residents,” said Chris Rinn, CEO of VNACJ CHC’s. The collaboration with the YMCA makes sense at a time when the goal is to get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible, he noted.
YMCA of Greater Monmouth County President & CEO Laurie Goganzer said the Red Bank Y has served as a safe testing location since May. “We are now one of several locations in the county where people in the community can come to get their COVID-19 vaccine. This is part of what we do, it is the embodiment of our longstanding commitment to the community, especially during the pandemic.”
Last week, Governor Phil Murphy announced an expansion of the COVID-19 vaccination criteria to include adults 65+ and those ages 16-64 with chronic medical conditions, such as cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and other conditions defined by the Centers for Disease Control.
Vaccines are offered at the Red Bank Family YMCA by appointment, Monday through Friday. Those who are eligible must register in advance at the VNA CHC website www.vnachc.org.
More than 600 people have already been vaccinated at the Y since the program started in early January. Rinn said VNACJ CHC plans to increase the number of appointments and add more staff to meet the high demand.
Typically, the vaccine process takes about 30 minutes. Guests check in at the registration desk set up near the gymnasium where their information is verified. They then receive the vaccine in a large vaccination area and remain in observation for about 15 minutes.
The governor has said that those receiving the vaccine do not need to bring proof of illness, but they must register and meet the criteria.
The vaccine is free for those who fit the criteria. The VNACJ CHC registration site does ask for insurance information in case they have to bill the patient. Those without insurance can still receive the vaccine.
“I am very happy to see another vaccination location site open in Monmouth County,” said Senator Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth). “The Red Bank Family Y has always worked to help our community to the best of their abilities, and I am very thankful they were kind enough to offer their space and work with the VNA to provide services to the residents of Monmouth County.”
The Y has offered a myriad of services to the community since the start of the pandemic in 2020 – from emergency child care to essential workers, academic support for remote learners and mental health services for children and adults, to blood drives, food collection and distribution.
Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna said, “We are so thankful that the Y and VNA are here in our community and that they continue to work together to support residents in Red Bank and across Monmouth County.”
The Red Bank Family YMCA is located at 166 Maple Ave. For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations or testing, visit the VNACJ Website at www.vnachc.org.
Photo Credit: YMCA of Greater Monmouth County
Photo Caption: VNACJ CHC nurse Rubilyn Deocampo administers the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine to Darcy Dobens at the Red Bank Family YMCA. Dobens is part of the YMCA Counseling & Social Services team.
About VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Centers
Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center, Inc. (VNACJ CHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), has provided comprehensive primary and preventive health care for infants, children, and adults of Monmouth County for more than 27 years. The VNACJ Health Centers are conveniently located in Asbury Park, Freehold, Keyport and Red Bank. In 2019, our staff provided more than 44,500 visits to more than 14,200 patients. For more information about VNACJ CHC please visit www.vnachc.org.
About YMCA of Greater Monmouth County
YMCA of Greater Monmouth County is here for all – to empower youth and teens, improve health and strengthen community. A leading nonprofit charity, the Y unites 36,000 people of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds. In 2019, we provided $875,000 in financial assistance to strengthen approximately 2,820 families in need. Our life-changing programs and services are anchored in 10 communities: health and wellness facilities in Freehold Township, Old Bridge and Red Bank; outdoor day camps in Millstone and Wall; a community center in Freehold Borough; counseling and social service centers in Eatontown, Matawan, and Middletown; child care centers in Freehold Township, Matawan and Red Bank; and integrated in nearly 100 schools in Monmouth and Ocean counties. We’re based in Shrewsbury, NJ. Learn more at www.ymcanj.org.