Rotary, City, Plan Free Immunizations For Elizabeth Children

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ELIZABETH—The City of Elizabeth, the Rotary Club of Elizabeth, Trinitas Hospital, Runnells Specialized Hospital and a coalition of area agencies and corporations have teamed to provide free immunizations to city children during National Infant Immunization Week, April 19 – 26. The effort will provide free, lifesaving immunizations to children age six and younger.

“We hope to duplicate last year’s success by immunizing at least 400 children against such deadly and crippling diseases as polio, measles, Hepatitis B, chicken pox and whooping cough,” Mayor J. Christian Bollwage said.

“Throughout New Jersey, many children under the age of two are not properly immunized,” Bollwage explained. “That means that here at home, there are thousands of kids who are at needless risk.”

To encourage participation in the effort, ShopRite is donating $10 in store coupons for each family with a child assessed for immunization.

The Elizabeth Rotary “Interact Club” – comprised of 60 Elizabeth High School students, will help raise awareness for the project by constructing a large display in the windows of Union County Savings Bank, located on Broad Street, Elizabeth, and distributing flyers throughout the area.

A full schedule of immunization clinics has been organized as follows:

Saturday, April 19: from noon to 3 p.m. at the Sampson Center, 800 Anna Street, Elizabeth.

Monday, April 21: from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sampson Center, 800 Anna Street, Elizabeth; and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Runnells Specialized Hospital Immunization Clinic of Union County, 342 Westminster Avenue, Elizabeth.

Tuesday, April 22: from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Peterstown Community Center, 409 Palmer Street, Elizabeth; from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Runnells Specialized Hospital Immunization Clinic of Union County, 342 Westminster Avenue, Elizabeth; from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Trinitas Hospital’s Pediatric Health Center, 65 Jefferson Avenue, Elizabeth; and from 5 to 7 p.m. at Elizabeth City Hall, 50 Winfield Scott Plaza, Elizabeth.

Wednesday, April 23: from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Elmora Racquet Club, 23 Fernwood Terrace, Elizabeth; and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Runnells Specialized Hospital Immunization Clinic of Union County, 342 Westminster Avenue, Elizabeth.

Thursday, April 24: from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sampson Center, 800 Anna Street, Elizabeth; from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Runnells Specialized Hospital Immunization Clinic of Union County, 342 Westminster Avenue, Elizabeth; and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Trinitas Hospital’s Pediatric Health Center, 65 Jefferson Avenue, Elizabeth.

Friday, April 25, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Peterstown Community Center, 409 Palmer Street, Elizabeth.

Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peterstown Community Center, 409 Palmer Street, Elizabeth.

In addition to the City, Rotary Club and hospitals, sponsors of the effort include: Elizabeth Public Health Nursing; B.B. Miller & Company; Brand New Day; Elizabeth Board of Education; Elizabeth High School Interact Club; Family & Children Services; Na-vet Printing Co.; Salvation Army; ShopRite Stores; Union County Savings Bank; Wakefern Food Corporation; YMCA and YWCA.

According to Kenneth Richuso, President of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth, “Parents are urged to bring their children – along with any records of past immunizations – to one of these sites for a free evaluation. If certain immunizations are needed, they will be provided free of charge.”

For more information about childhood immunizations, please call the City of Elizabeth Health Department at (908) 820-4246.


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