Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Robert C. Garrett received his COVID-19 vaccination at the Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen in an effort to encourage frontline responders to get vaccinated.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We’re facing a dangerous combination of slower-than-projected vaccine distribution and hesitancy. I got vaccinated to show that it’s safe and effective, and to create a sense of purpose and urgency in the communities we serve,” Garrett said in a statement.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is truly our best shot at putting the darkest days of COVID-19 behind us. There is nothing I want more for our frontline team members, physicians and caregivers who have experienced firsthand the devastating impacts of this pandemic.”
Between Bergen and Hudson Counties, Hackensack Meridian has 17 hospital throughout New Jersey and have vaccinated over 13,000 health care professionals to date.
They has received over $63.9 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to purchase items that include COVID-19 test kits and personal protective equipment, such as gloves, goggles, face shields, N95 respirator masks, and sanitizer.