The North Jersey Community Research Initiative is leading this project, in which up to 5,000 vulnerable people in Newark, East Orange, Orange, Irvington and Elizabeth will take the COVID-19 vaccine at community-based, mobile vaccination clinics. Together with the Newark Department of Health, the City of Newark Office of Homeless Services and its network of shelter providers and other community partners, NJCRI is working to 1) share information about the vaccines with residents; 2) identify individuals recently released from incarceration and other underserved, high-risk persons and 3) establish temporary vaccination sites. By taking the vaccine to community settings and administering it to members of a hard-to-reach population, this program could create a model for providing equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
The North Jersey Community Research Initiative and its partners are among the nonprofits and service providers that have come together as the Moving New Jersey Forward Learning Collaborative to share accomplishments and lessons learned from this work with each other, with New Jersey Health Initiatives and the state, to benefit every community. Ensuring more equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine originally connected these thought leaders as the New Jersey Vaccination Learning Network for over a year. In March 2022, the network renamed itself the Moving NJ Forward Learning Collaborative to better represent the partners’ systems-level thinking and commitment to applying the lessons from the past two years to unlock the doors to opportunity that marginalized communities face. Learn more about the collaborative’s expanded focus.
Anny Pastor, RN