County optimistic that more COVID vaccine will come in March

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OCEAN COUNTY — The Ocean County Health Department set a promising record last Saturday, as it recorded the most-ever shots administered by its two COVID-19 vaccine clinics in a single day.

According to Ocean County Commissioner Gary Quinn, the health department performed 1,530 vaccinations at its Toms River High School North site and “over 300” vaccinations at its Southern Regional Middle School site on Feb. 13.

“The numbers are going up, as far as the overall vaccines themselves, but it’s going to take a little bit of time for us to get them to where we want them to be,” Commissioner Quinn told The Ocean Star in a phone interview Tuesday.

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Ocean County’s weekly, federally-supplied allotment of vaccines was slashed in late January. The supply cut, which impacted all of New Jersey, saw Ocean County go from 5,000 new doses to 3,000 new doses per week, Commissioner Quinn said at the time.

The county’s weekly allotment has fluctuated since then, the commissioner said Tuesday.

“This week, we’re getting 2,900 shots. Last week, it had dropped down to 2,300,” he said. “…But we’re optimistic that we’ll see more of the vaccine coming through the pipeline sometime in the beginning of March.”

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