7-13: Three New Cases; Vaccinate Teens in July for School Reopening; Vaccine Clinics This Week; Board of Health Vax Videos in Three Languages; Township Thanks Pandemic Responders; New Pathway Opened

TODAY’S COVID-19 CASE SUMMARY

There have been three (3) new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery and Rocky Hill since our last report on Friday, 7-9-21. For further statistics, go to the Health Department’s COVID-19 portal.


VACCINATE TEENS IN JULY TO PREPARE FOR SCHOOL REOPENING

By Devangi Patel
Montgomery Township Deputy Health Officer

I am very pleased to report that 91% Montgomery adults have had at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, putting our community in a strong position as schools fully reopen this fall. But the vaccination rate among 12- to 17-year-olds is just 55%, because we did not get vaccine approval for teens until May.

I want to urge local families to vaccinate teenagers this month, so they are protected before school begins. Getting your child vaccinated helps to protect your child and your family. The more people we vaccinate, the less chance for community transmission of the coronavirus, particularly with a dangerous new variant, Delta, rising in New Jersey.

The Pfizer vaccine, approved for teenagers, requires 5 weeks from the first dose to full immunity, including 21 days between shots plus 14 days following the second dose. With school opening September 9 in Montgomery, that means the deadline to start the vaccine process is August 5, if you want your child to be fully protected on the first day of school.

The CVS at 2311 Route 206 in Belle Mead is offering the Pfizer vaccine daily, with appointments required. You can make your appointment online now.

In addition, my department will partner with Penn Medicine to offer a Pfizer clinic tomorrow for anyone 12 and older—no appointment necessary. Join us Wednesday July 14 from 5 to 7pm at Princeton Wellness and Fitness at 1225 Rt. 206.

Finally, I encourage parents with questions about the vaccine to talk to your child’s healthcare provider or to call us at (908) 533-9331.


ADDITIONAL CLINICS FOR ADULTS

The Montgomery Township Health Department is offering the following clinics for adults 18 and older this week and next:

  • Friday, July 16, 5pm to 7pm, J&J Clinic for ages 18+ next to the playground at Montgomery Dog Park (Covert Drive).
  • Saturday, July 17, 9AM to 11AM, Moderna Clinic for ages 18+ at Otto Kaufman Community Center.
  • Friday, July 23, 5pm -7pm, Moderna Clinic for ages 18+ at Pike Run Clubhouse.

Walk-ins are always accepted at Montgomery clinics, but appointments can be scheduled for your convenience. Visit the Montgomery Health Department website for additional details or call the Health Department at (908) 533-9331.


BOARD OF HEALTH EXPLAINS VACCINATION IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES

Dr. Om Sharma appears in a new vaccine video.

The Montgomery Township Board of Health has released three videos explaining the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines with the intention of encouraging vaccination among immigrant communities. Videos were recorded in English and Hindi by Dr. Om Sharma and in Urdu by Dr. Siddique Faisal, both members of the Board of Health.

In addition, Health Department social worker Amanda Pulgarin recorded the message in Spanish with English subtitles.

If you are aware of a friend, coworker, or family members who would benefit from hearing these messages, please forward the relevant link.


TOWNSHIP THANKS CIVIC GROUPS FOR PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Montgomery EMS President Carol Raymond thanks the Township Committee for recognizing the squad’s efforts during the pandemic.

All five members of the Montgomery Township Committee hosted a Picnic in the Park on Friday to thank residents, employees, and civic organizations who played key roles in responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan read a proclamation that said, in part: “Montgomery’s community leaders, township employees, and residents pulled together to help and protect each other, allowing us to weather the pandemic better than most communities, and to bounce back to a more normal summer in 2021.”

Three organizations were cited for special recognition: “Montgomery Township Committee extends to the Montgomery Emergency Medical Services, the Princeton Elks Lodge, and the Rotary Club of Montgomery and Rocky Hill our most sincere gratitude and appreciation for their generosity, kindness, and commitment to the people of Montgomery Township.”


TOWNSHIP OPENS NEW PATHWAY IN SKILLMAN

Mayor Devra Keenan cuts the ribbon on new pathway.

Township officials on Friday cut the ribbon to formally open two miles of pathways along Burnt Hill and Skillman roads. Financed mostly with dedicated open space funds and a grand from NJDOT, the new paths go a long way toward connecting township schools, Skillman Park, 150 households north of Skillman Road, and the St. Charles Borromeo church.

GOOGLE PHOTO ALBUM OF RIBBON CUTTING

The project also incorporates experimentation with new types of pervious pavement that reduces storm water runoff. The project includes boardwalks over wetlands.

“This remarkable project is a result of having forward-thinking citizens involved in our government and planning for many years,” said Montgomery Mayor Devra Keenan. “By working with Rutgers, we are helping to advance cutting-edge science in reducing stormwater runoff, which will help keep streams cleaner and reduce flooding.”

Additional coverage and photos available in The Montgomery News online.


ENTER MONTGOMERY WEEKLY PHOTO CONTEST!

The Rec Dept. will be starting our annual “Show Us Your Montgomery” photo contest this week. The contest runs now through Aug 27. Each week residents will submit photos of “their Montgomery” to recreation@twp.montgomery.nj.us. Each week the rec staff will vote on a weekly winner, and the winning photo will become the Rec Department’s Facebooks cover photo for the week.

Each week’s winning photo will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing. The residents will vote on the weekly winning photos the week of August 30th and the winner will be announced September 6th.  For additional detail, visit the Recreation Department website.