FEMA mega-site gives 6,200 COVID-19 shots on first full day

It's a critical mission, health officials say, as another COVID-19 wave starts to build

Some 6,200 people filed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s COVID-19 vaccination mega-site in Newark on Wednesday, its first full day of operation — and got their initial dose of Pfizer’s vaccine plus an appointment for the second shot.

While people came from across New Jersey, the site is aimed at vaccinating a lot more vulnerable brown and Black Newark residents, of whom only 6.7% are inoculated. It’s a critical mission, health officials say, as another COVID-19 wave starts to build, pushing up admissions at hospitals in the state.

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