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Jan 21, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing Offered Now in Red Bank

Courtesy of the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County. VNACJ CHC nurse Rubilyn Deocampo administers the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine to Darcy Dobens of the YMCA Counseling & Social Services team.

The YMCA of Greater Monmouth County and the VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Centers (VNACJ CHC) 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.

“The Red Bank Y has served as a safe testing location since May, and now we are one of several county locations where people can get their COVID-19 vaccine,” said YMCA of Greater Monmouth County President and CEO Laurie Goganzer. “This is part of what we do. It is the embodiment of our longstanding commitment to the community, especially during the pandemic.”

Recently, Gov. Phil Murphy announced an expansion of the COVID-19 vaccination criteria to include adults over 65 years old and those ages 16 to 64 with chronic medical conditions, such as cancer, Type 2 diabetes and other conditions defined by the Centers for Disease Control.

Christopher Rinn, CEO of VNACJ CHC, said the collaboration with the YMCA makes sense at a time when the goal is to get as many people vaccinated as soon as possible. “The YMCA have been incredible partners and gracious hosts as we work together to serve our Monmouth County residents.”

Vaccines are offered at the Red Bank Family YMCA by appointment Monday through Friday. Those who are eligible must register in advance at vnachc.org.

Typically, the vaccination process takes about 30 minutes. Guests 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.

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 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 vnachc.org.