The Burlington County Health Department is launching new community vaccination clinics to bring COVID-19 shots back to local communities, including new bivalent boosters for old COVID-19 virus strains and newer variants of COVID-19. Omicron.

New updated boosters from Pfizer and Moderna provide enhanced protection against BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants which are now the dominant strains circulating in New Jersey.

“We have come a long way since the early days of the pandemic and it was vaccines that helped us turn the corner and regain a sense of normalcy. We don’t want to back down or take more casualties,” Burlington County Health Department Director Dr. Herb Conaway said. “These new boosters will extend protection against serious illness and death and are designed to guard against the new subvariants of Omicron currently in circulation. These variants are highly transmissible, so we encourage residents to get boosted immediately to help guard against a new outbreak of COVID.

Burlington County clinics will be held three days a week at rotating locations. The locations and times are as follows:

  • Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gibson House Community Center, 535 East Main Street, Evesham.
  • Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bordentown Senior Center, 3 Municipal Drive, Bordentown.
  • Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Burlington County Health Department, 15 Pioneer Blvd., Westampton.

The clinics will be operated by the Burlington County Health Department in partnership with Mobile Medical Services and Technology. The first primary doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax vaccines will be offered, as well as Moderna and Pfizer boosters.

Clinic appointments can be made online at https://patientportal.advancedmd.com/149623/onlinescheduling/v2/providers or by calling 844-569-0390 during normal business hours.

No walk-ins will be allowed.

The new Pfizer booster is recommended for ages 12 and older and the Moderna booster is recommended for ages 18 and older. Residents are eligible for either booster after receiving their first doses of vaccine.

Residents must also wait at least two months after their primary or first or second booster to be eligible for either dual booster.

More than 82% of Burlington County residents have received their first round of COVID-19 vaccines and 60% have received at least one booster. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone six months or older get vaccinated with the first round of doses, and anyone five and older get a boost.

“With the kids heading back to school and the fall holidays approaching, we can expect more virus activity,” Dr Conaway said. “Given the likelihood of fall and winter outbreaks of COVID-19 disease, these new reminders provide the best possible protection for our residents and their families, which is why we are taking steps to ensure they are available. in many places and times. Also, don’t forget to get your seasonal flu shot.

In addition to vaccination clinics, Burlington County continues to offer free COVID-19 testing at the Burlington County COVID-19 Testing Site, located next to the Dollar Tree in downtown Willingboro, 4390 Route 130 North, Willingboro.

Testing is offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

PCR test samples are collected with short nasal swabs and results are usually reported within 48 hours.

Burlington County Commissioner Felicia Hopson, the council’s health department liaison, said she was proud of the county’s response throughout the pandemic.

“From COVID-19 vaccines and testing clinics to distributing protective gear and groceries, our county has responded to help our residents weather the challenges of COVID,” Hopson said. “We will continue to make this help and these resources available for as long as needed.”