The Rutgers School of Nursing – Camden (RSNC) is leading this project, in which up to 2,000 vulnerable residents in the City of Camden and greater Camden County will take the COVID-19 vaccine at community-based vaccination events. Together with the Camden County Health Department, Cooper Health System and its faith-based, school, municipal and community partners, RSNC is coordinating up to three vaccination events each week. With two days dedicated to the City of Camden and one day focused on hard-to-reach communities in suburban areas, RSNC and its partners will deploy a mobile vaccination unit to community housing sites, senior communities, persons experiencing homelessness, local parks and homebound residents. In addition, RSNC is formally partnering with the Community Planning and Advocacy Council to provide mini-grants to community-based organizations also working to address vaccine hesitancy. Through the RSNC’s commitment to collaboration and partnership, this program could create a model for providing equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
RSNC and its community partners are among the nonprofits and service providers that have come together as the New Jersey Vaccination Learning Network to share accomplishments and lessons learned from this work with each other, with New Jersey Health Initiatives and the state, to benefit every eligible New Jerseyan who is interested in taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
Kevin Emmons, DrNP, RN, APN, AGPCNP - BC, CWCN, CFCN
Associate Dean for the Center of Interprofessional Practice, Education and Innovation
Follow the latest news coverage regarding this work:
Inside Camden’s Fight to Vaccinate the Most Vulnerable
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ Steele, A. April 8, 2021.
Eligible Residents Of Mickle Towers In Camden Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
CBS 3 Philadelphia/ Burrell, J. April 2, 2021.