Update: Ridgewood Health Department Covid19 Vaccine Clinic

 

February 7, 2021

 

On December 10, 2020 the Village of Ridgewood Health Department was certified by the State of NJ to operate a Covid19 Vaccine Clinic. The authorization was a result of months of planning, filing of required paperwork, and ensuring appropriate staffing. Ridgewood was able to achieve approval because the Village maintains a local health department.

 

Although the availability of vaccines has been largely unpredictable, the Ridgewood Health Department was able to conduct one Covid19 Vaccine Clinic in December, followed by several in January.  Placing direct vaccine orders with the State of NJ, the clinic vaccinated ONLY those individuals meeting the requirements set forth by the NJ Governor/State government.  On January 19, as the Ridgewood Health Department was planning to advertise to eligible members of the public, the State of NJ abruptly changed course and determined vaccines would be allocated exclusively to counties rather than using a direct local order approach. Unfortunately, this decision has resulted in significant uncertainly as to the number of vaccines, if any, Ridgewood would receive. Local clinics have been notified by Bergen County of their decision to retain all allocated doses from the State and that they (Bergen County) will not provide any vaccines to local clinics. Additionally, Bergen County stated this will be the practice for the foreseeable future.

The Village believes delivering vaccines to both the county and local clinics is the best, most efficient, way to vaccinate. This is especially true for the elderly, special needs, and those with pre-existing medical conditions who may find it challenging to travel to vaccine mega-sites. Many residents continue to reach out requesting information about scheduling a vaccine appointment locally, at the Ridgewood Covid19 Vaccine Clinic.  We cannot guarantee the delivery of vaccines and, therefore, we are urging our residents to seek appointments elsewhere, until a more predictable system of vaccine delivery to the Ridgewood clinic is established.

Bergen County vaccine appointment registration visit: https://www.newbridgehealth.org/covid-19-vaccine-information/

State of New Jersey vaccine appointment registration visit: https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine  CLICK on “pre-register for the vaccine” and complete the steps.  This will allow you to view clinics in your area once you are eligible.

Support at the State Health Department please call 855-568-0545 

The Village of Ridgewood will continue to make every effort to secure vaccines to ensure the at-risk members of our local community are appropriately served.  Please contact both State and County officials and urge their support in providing a consistent allocation of vaccines to the State-approved Ridgewood Covid19 Vaccine Clinic and other local clinics.   We are grateful for the continued support of our Village community.

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If you are reaching out about a Covid vaccine and are a Ridgewood resident please email Covid@ridgewoodnj.net     Leave your name, address, phone number, date of birth, reason you fit the qualification (age, COPD) race and ethnicity. Please understand we have a limited supply of vaccine and are doing our best to administer them as quickly as possible. If we can schedule you an appointment, we will email you. Please understand this may take several weeks and we cannot guarantee you an appointment.

Please continue to look elsewhere for the vaccine. Ridgewood is not guaranteed a shipment of vaccine from the State at this time.  See below for other options:

Bergen County is also doing vaccination clinics you may also register on their site below

 

https://www.newbridgehealth.org/covid-19-vaccine-information/     

 

You may also register on the state site   https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine  and click on “pre-register for the vaccine” and complete the steps.  This will allow you to view clinics in your area once you are eligible.

 

You can also call 855-568-0545 for support at the State Health Department


Stay safe and well,

Dawn Cetrulo, Health Officer

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FINAL DRAFT & 10/20 PUBLIC HEARING

We are pleased to announce that the Final Draft of the Village of Ridgewood Master Plan – Section 1: Our Village, Our Future is complete. Click here to download the Final Draft from the Village website. A Planning Board public hearing on its adoption will be held on October 20.

Back in March, just before the pandemic took hold of the country, we posted a link to the Draft of the Village of Ridgewood Master Plan – Section 1: Our Village, Our Future (dated March 17, 2020) for residents, businessowners, and other interested parties to review and provide feedback. We created a Comment Form to collect feedback. We extended the review period several times, added an alternate method of commenting to encourage more feedback, and then closed the review period on June 30.

On July 7, we presented the Draft to the Planning Board, summarized the nature of the comments received, and discussed next steps, the main one being the production of the Final Draft.

What parts of the report changed between the Draft and the Final Draft?

There were two substantive changes made to the Draft, based on comments received, that are now reflected in the Final Draft. The first is the addition to Chapter 1.7 Trends (see pages 50-51) of a discussion about Covid-19 and its potential impacts on the Village. It highlights of some of the Village's responses to the pandemic and recommends several actions to consider into the future as the Master Plan elements are being put together.

The second is the addition to Chapter 1.5 Structure of the Village (see page 28) of a discussion about architectural styles in Downtown. This section previously had not included much discussion about architecture, which is an important quality that contributes to the "small town/village feel."

What was the nature of the comments received on the Draft?

Click here to view a PDF that contains all of the responses to the open-ended questions received through the Comment Form. A number of comments were focused recommendations or ideas involving topics such as trees, natural resources, and downtown development, which would be appropriate to consider during the next stage of the process, when the various Master Plan elements are put together.

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All Village Offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2020 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  There will be no garbage or recycling pickup on  September 7, 2020.  The Recycling Center will also be closed on Monday, September 7th..

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