The delivery arrived in the snow at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck at 8:45 Thursday morning, a white package of hope for a hospital that had stood at the center of the storm when the coronavirus pandemic swept through northern New Jersey this spring.
These days, Leon Grebla has been bombarded by calls. His phone line is usually busy around this time of year, but he's never seen this much demand at Warinanco Sports Center.
With the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan underway, there’s a major push across New Jersey to encourage African Americans and Latinx residents to get vaccinated. Historic abuse and experimentation in medical research are well-documented, promoting fear of and resistance to medical treatments among those two groups. Many Black and brown leaders say the benefits of vaccination outweigh any concerns.
Hospitals across the Northeast, already strained by an increase in Covid-19 patients and the first week of vaccine distribution, were preparing Wednesday for a winter storm with the potential to bring accident victims to their doors.
Call it a soft opening. The long-awaited rollout of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 starts Tuesday morning in New Jersey, as health care workers at University Hospital in Newark roll up their sleeves for the shots.
Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell, Jr. say that even before COVID-19, our health care needs were immense. Because of population growth creating an aging population with complex medical needs, we have known that we would need an additional 2,500 to 2,800 physicians by 2020 to meet the state's health care needs.
An outdated federal rule is creating a massive and dangerous doctor shortage in New Jersey, badly exacerbating our current public health crisis.
Holy Name's Vice President of Diagnostics and Therapeutics speaks with Inside Edition to give them the latest on the COVID-19 vaccination.