Childhood and adult vaccines available for uninsured and underinsured Middlesex County residents

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health have partnered to provide access to childhood and adult vaccines.

While the focus of the Middlesex County Vaccination Clinic, located at 30 Van Dyke Avenue in New Brunswick, is to ensure access to childhood vaccines for uninsured and underinsured Middlesex County residents, the clinic is also offering vaccines to Middlesex County adults in need.

Vaccines for adults include COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, regardless of insurance status, and other vaccines that are limited to uninsured and underinsured individuals.

Appointments for the vaccine clinic are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 732-565-3788.

A schedule of available dates and times can be found below (walk-in clients are accepted on all dates from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)

VACCINE CLINIC SCHEUDLE

March 2: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 8: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March 9: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

March 15: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 16: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 22: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 23: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 29: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

March 30: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Upon arriving at the clinic, families and individuals will be asked to check in at the front desk to speak with the clinic’s bilingual staff. All will have an opportunity to meet with a pediatrician or general practitioner for basic medical screening and vaccination.

If additional services are warranted, families and individuals will be referred to specializing facilities operated by St. Peter’s Healthcare System and RWJBarnabas Health. Families and individuals will also be able to acquire masks and other supplies that have been donated to DCF.

“We recognize that for many of the families being supported through the vaccine clinic, they’ve experienced so much disruption and interruption in their lives already due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Ngoc Quynh Tran-Hoppe, MD, Medical Director, Middlesex County Office of Health Services. 

“Many of the families we serve may have incomplete medical records, and we have to work with them to determine patient history and family history. In many cases, we’re administering vaccines that are required for entry into public school, to ensure that the student’s education isn’t further disrupted by the lack of immunization.

“Through the Middlesex vaccine clinic, we’re supporting the entire family, from birth through adulthood. Whether you need an MMR shot, a COVID booster, or you’re an older resident who would be in the risk category and might need a pneumonia vaccine, we have everything on-site to support the community health needs of Middlesex County residents.”

NJ DCF Commissioner Christine Norbut Beyer said the partnership between her department and the Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health enables both agencies to provide Middlesex County families with with access to life-saving immunizations.

“This is what good government is all about,” Norbut Beyer said, “and goes to the interconnectedness between well-being and the social determinants of health and safety. When families are physically healthy, they’re better able to thrive.”

Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald G. Rios said partnerships like Middlesex County’s with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families “are vital to serve our community, especially those who are uninsured or underinsured – everyone deserves the right to good health.

“Healthy families are the fundamental building blocks of a strong and resilient community.”

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