Norwescap is leading this project, in which up to 500 vulnerable persons in Warren, Hunterdon and Sussex counties will receive transportation to and from COVID-19 vaccine appointments. A particular focus of this program are communities with the lowest vaccination rates that are also located in remote areas of the three counties, including Branchville, Sussex Borough and Newton. Norwescap is leveraging its partnerships with EZ Ride, a statewide transportation management association, and local taxi companies to coordinate round-trip service to residents without convenient access to public transportation. Together with its network of community partners across northwestern New Jersey, Norwescap will also help vulnerable individuals schedule vaccination appointments at sites in the counties’ more populous areas. This effort builds on Working to Vaccinate Homeless and Other Vulnerable Populations in Warren and Sussex Counties, an earlier phase of collaborative work that focused on vaccinating 200 individuals who are housing insecure in those counties. Through Norwescap’s commitment to collaboration and partnership, this program could create a model for providing equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Through this work, Norwescap 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.
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