Update from Inspira Health

by Inspira Health CEO Amy Mansue (pictured)

Thank you for taking the positive step to sign up to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination distribution in our community. Please note that we are sharing with you what we know, as of today, January 13. With Governor Murphy’s goal to accelerate the number of New Jersey residents vaccinated, we emphasize that the process continues to be a dynamic one and we will adjust our plans to meet the governor’s direction.

On December 18, Inspira started to vaccinate our staff and doctors who were identified as Phase 1A. As was our plan, we are now moving from a closed Point of Distribution (POD) to an open POD in the next few days. At that time, we will vaccinate members of other groups who are listed in the 1A group with the Pfizer vaccine: non-Inspira health care workers and police/fire/EMS first responders. For this phase, all groups have received a link to schedule an appointment at the Inspira medical center campuses in Mullica Hill and Vineland. We cannot accept walk-ins.

Today’s announcement from Governor Murphy further expands the current group being vaccinated under Phase 1a to now include those aged 65 and older, and those aged 16 to 64 with medical conditions as defined by the CDC, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus.

With the changes announced today, it appears Phase 1B will include front-line essential workers such as first responders; corrections officers; U.S. Postal Service workers; and those who work in manufacturing, grocery stores, public transit, childcare, and education.

Phase 1C includes other essential workers as defined by the New Jersey Department of Health.

Phase 2 would then include the general public not included in the prior phases.

As soon as we learn more about the roll-out schedules for these next phases, we will share it with you.

What else should I know?

You can register to receive a vaccine on the State of Jersey website: covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine/ As soon as the site allows, we will upload our schedule to this site. It is not yet fully operational for scheduling.

There is no cost to receive the vaccine. There is an administration fee, which will be charged to your insurance. There is no out-of-pocket expense to you.

Please continue these tried and true safety measures—wear a mask; wash your hands; maintain social distancing; and get vaccinated once available.

While we encourage our community to stay home when you can and continue to take proactive safety measures, please don’t hesitate to seek medical care if you need it. We’re committed to being here for you, whether virtually or in person, to ensure your health, and the health of our community.

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