OCHD Clinic Update for Residents with J&J COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments
The Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) is offering residents that have an appointment to receive the J&J vaccine an opportunity to switch to the Moderna 2-dose vaccine.
Residents now have the option to keep their current appointment and receive the Moderna vaccine - instead of the J&J shot - or schedule a new appointment at another date. Appointments are for the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena, Ocean County College drive thru and Southern Regional Middle School clinic sites. The clinics scheduled for Manchester Elementary School for Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 have been cancelled. Residents scheduled for the J&J clinic at MES may schedule a new appointment to receive the Moderna vaccine.
Earlier today, the OCHD was advised by the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) to pause the use of the J&J vaccine for safety issues until further notice.
For more information please call the OCHD COVID-19 Call Center at 732-380-5079 or 833-544-0288 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To schedule an appointment to receive the Moderna vaccine please visit www.ochd.org
State Health Commissioner Statement on J&J COVID 19 Vaccine
Statement from New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli
Out of an abundance of caution and following the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the New Jersey Department of Health this morning paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine across all vaccination sites in the state.
The CDC and the FDA are reviewing the data involving six reported cases—among nearly 7 million doses administered in the U.S.—in women between the ages of 18 and 48 who received the J&J vaccine. Symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets. Both the CDC and FDA have said that these adverse events are extremely rare. According to the FDA and CDC, individuals who have received the vaccine and develop abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath, severe headache or other unusual symptoms within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider.
All New Jersey vaccination sites have been told to cancel or put on hold appointments for the J&J vaccine until further notice. For individuals scheduled to receive the J&J vaccine, the Department will work with all vaccination sites to make arrangements for the administration of an alternative two-dose vaccine. We will work with all sites, as needed, to reschedule vaccination appointments.
The Department will await further guidance from the federal government. The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting tomorrow to discuss these adverse events and make recommendations to the CDC on how to proceed.
Residential Emergency Rental Assistance Program Offered to Ocean County Residents
Ocean County residents that have been struggling to pay their rent or may be facing eviction as a result of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are encouraged to apply for the Ocean County Residential Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Ocean County began taking applications for the program on April 7. The online application can be accessed from the Ocean County website at www.co.ocean.nj.us and click on View Residential Emergency Rental Assistance Program for program information and the application.
Help is also be available through the Ocean County Residential Emergency Rental Assistance Program call center. The number is (833)-753-9671. Click here to read the release
Ocean County Health Department Launches Two New Phone Numbers for COVID-19 Call Center
Residents are encouraged to use the following two new phone numbers: The new local number is 732-380-5079 and the new toll free line is 833-544-0288. Both numbers are operational as of today, February 10, 2021. Call center hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The OCHD COVID-19 Information Call Center has been an important resource for residents and clinicians since early in the pandemic. Representatives of the call center can answer general questions regarding the virus, exposure, quarantine and spread, to contract tracing, and testing. The call center cannot make appointments for either of the Ocean County Health Department vaccination clinics. Appointments for the health department clinics, while extremely limited can only be made at OCHD.org.
The OCHD main number is still available at 732-341-9700 for residents seeking NON-RELATED COVID-19 QUESTIONS and to be directed to other agency departments, programs and employees.
For additional information residents can visit us at www.ochd.org or the OCHD Facebook page.
New Jersey COVID 19 Vaccination Hotline and Information
The State of New Jersey's toll-free vaccination hotline (1-855-568-0545) is available to assist callers with identifying if they are currently eligible for a vaccination, pre-register for the vaccine, and to help them identify locations nearest to them where they can get vaccinated.
The hotline is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day and can help callers in more than 240 different languages.
To find out where, when and how you can get vaccinated, visit the New Jersey COVID-19 website
Vaccinating Ocean County's Senior Population and Others Will Take Coordinated Effort of All Health Care Providers
Ocean County officials agree that while opening up the COVID 19 vaccination to more of the public has its benefits, it also raises concerns over the supply of vaccine and the timely distribution.
"The bottom-line is we need all hands on deck," said Ocean County Commissioner Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Health Department. "We need all of our hospitals, all of our pharmacies, all of our supermarkets, all of our doctors' offices to be given the ability to deliver this vaccine to the public." Click here to read the release
Change in Freeholder Title Effective Jan. 1, 2021
Effective January 1, 2021, the term Board of Chosen Freeholders will no longer be used due to legislation signed earlier in 2020 by the Governor (S855) formally changing the title of Freeholder to Commissioner. The new title will be Ocean County Board of Commissioners and, Freeholders, effective January 1, 2021, will be referred to as Commissioners.
Ways to Report a Power Outage
For emergencies only, call 911. If you experience an outage due to the weather, please report it using one of the following methods:
For Jersey Central Power and Light Company customers
• Text OUT to 544487...
• Online at www.jcp-l.com
• Use our smartphone app (iPhone and Android)
• Via the "Report an Outage" tab on Facebook
• Call 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877)
Steer clear of downed power lines. Always assume they are live and dangerous. Report downed lines immediately to 888-544-4877.
For Atlantic City Electric Customers:
Customers are asked to report any outages and to stay away from any downed wires. To report outages and/or downed wires, call 1-800-833-7476, follow the prompts, and ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through their mobile app or at atlanticcityelectric.com/storm.
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Officials Urge Use of Prescription Drug Dropoff Boxes
OCEAN COUNTY officials are urging residents to safely dispose of unused and expired prescription medications at drop-off boxes located throughout the County. Click here for program information and a list of dropoff locations
Beware of Scam Artists
Residents need to be vigilant of scam artists. Click here to read information on how to protect yourself from scam artists
Emergency Lines for Emergency Calls Only
The Ocean County Sheriff's Department asks that residents do not call 9-1-1 or the Office of Emergency Management unless it is an actual emergency. Information on evacuations, shelters and other storm-related activities is available on the county and local municipal websites or by calling non-emergency numbers. For county information please call 732-929-2000.
Silver Alert System
Ocean County wants the public to be aware of the state's Silver Alert System which could serve as a lifeline in cases of missing persons who suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairment. Click here to read important information on this program.
Grass Too High on State Road?
To report unattractive weeds and grass too tall that might be causing site distance problems along state Highways in Ocean County including Routes 37, 35, 72 and 70, call the state Department of Transportation dispatch number at 609-588-6212. The call is taped and logged into a state data base.