Two NJ Towns to Test Mass Vaccination Plan at the McCloud Elementary School


elementary_massvaxENGLEWOOD — The Englewood and Bergenfield Health Departments will be holding an mass immunization exercise at the McCloud Elementary School on June 4 to demonstrate their ability to set up and safely administer vaccines during emergencies.

The demonstration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with representatives of the Bergenfield and Englewood health boards, volunteer ambulance corps and Englewood’s Office of Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services helping to plan the event.

Students from Dwight Morrow High School and the Academies and the Janis E. Dismus Middle School who serve on the city’s Youth Advisory Board will be simulating the population to be vaccinated.

The event is being held through a grant from the New Jersey Health Officers Association, the Englewood Health department director, Nelson Cruz said. Bergenfield and Englewood are the only local health departments that applied for and received the grant.

The other recipients were all county health departments. Cruz added that part of the reason the grant was awarded was because of the programs proposal to use nonmedical personnel to administer vaccinations.

According to the grant award notice, Englewood’s participation in the initiative will help result in the development of a standard operating procedures and best practices manual, which will be used to instruct other health departments in the state.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held on June 5.

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