A COVID-19 Update from Mercer County

Dear Mercer County Community,

The effort to administer COVID-19 vaccinations here in Mercer County and across the state has been slowed by a lack of vaccine coming to New Jersey from the federal government. We expect that situation to improve in the coming weeks with a new administration in Washington pledging to significantly ramp up vaccine production and distribution. In the meantime, we are facing a supply that falls far short of demand, but we will make sure we use every dose we do receive.

Mercer County has opened a COVID-19 vaccination site at CURE Insurance Arena in partnership with Capital Health, which will manage the site. To get a vaccination at the arena, you must register through the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System at https://covidvaccine.nj.gov. Vaccinations are by appointment only. You will be notified when an appointment becomes available. Beginning Monday, Jan. 25, at 8 a.m., you can call the New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 855-568-0545 to get help with the vaccine scheduling system.

Vaccinations are being administered to those eligible under the state’s phasing plan that prioritizes people most at risk. But again, vaccine supply is extremely limited at this time. Please be patient. For information on vaccination eligibility, locations and more, visit the state’s vaccine website at https://covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.

New Jersey’s goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population – about 4.7 million people – by the end of June. As of Friday morning, almost 429,000 people had received their first of vaccine dose, and 61,588 had received their second, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard. Even with an increase in supply on the horizon, the vaccination process is expected to take several months. In the meantime, the virus is still active in our community and we can’t get careless when it comes to following precautions. We can’t get out of the habit of wearing our masks, keeping our distance, washing our hands and avoiding large gatherings.

It’s more important than ever that we stay vigilant and do what’s necessary to protect ourselves and those around us while the vaccination process moves forward through the winter and spring. Let’s be patient and continue to support each other. Let’s continue to work together.

Brian M. Hughes

Mercer County Executive

COVID Vaccine Information

Mercer County has opened a vaccination site at CURE Arena in Trenton, in partnership with Capital Health. An extremely limited number of doses are available at this time due to a supply shortage at the federal level. In order to receive your vaccine from Mercer County, you must first register into the state system. No walk-ups can be accommodated at the vaccination site. You will be notified when an appointment becomes available.

To register to receive a vaccine, go to: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 25, at 8 a.m., the New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center can be reached at 855-568-0545.

For information on vaccination eligibility, locations and more, visit the state’s vaccine website at https://covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.

Current COVID-19 vaccination eligibility:

• Paid or unpaid individuals working in a health care setting

• Residents of long-term care facilities and other congregate settings

• Frontline first responders

• Individuals age 65 and older

• Individuals age 16 to 64 who have at least one medical condition, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which increases the risk of severe illness from the virus.

Register Now for Adult School’s Spring Classes

The Princeton Adult School (PAS), whose motto is “Learning Never Ends,” for the spring 2021 semester could expand that motto to “Learning Prevails – Even During a Pandemic.” PAS, offering predominately online and a few in-person COVID-safe classes, presents a selection of 152 creative, challenging, joyful, course offerings that will take your mind off the stress of finding a COVID vaccine and help your intellect, whimsy, and wanderlust to thrive.

Each page of the 40-page catalog extracts an “Oh, I have always wanted to learn about that” reaction from the reader. A very superficial sampling includes:

• Lecture Series on Africa, titled “Up Close and Personal: Africa;”

• History courses, such as “Nineteenth Century America Through the Prism of Five Extraordinary Elections” and closer to home “From Village to Town: The Transformation of Princeton between 1890 and 1910;”

• Writing skills for a variety of personal and professional reasons;

Making objects with the hands – doodling, knitting, jewelry making, woodworking, photography;

• Making music by one’s voice, harmonica, ukulele, piano, mandolin;

• Playing games (bridge, mahjong, chess);

• Improving business and workplace skills;

• And for a breath of fresh air, “Spring Wildflowers;’ “Therapy Walks;” “Nature Walk;” and “Name That Tree.”

To participate in any portion of this exhilarating intellectual journey, please visit www.princetonadultschool.org to register for classes. For assistance, call the office at 609-683-1101.

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