First Lady Tammy Murphy visits the Henry J. Austin Health Center vaccination site in Trenton on January 7, 2020. (Edwin J. Torres for the NJ Governor's Office)
First Lady Tammy Murphy visits the Henry J. Austin Health Center vaccination site in Trenton on January 7, 2020. (Edwin J. Torres for the NJ Governor’s Office)

Seaside Park was a trailblazing town in putting together a comprehensive program to help the borough’s senior residents register to receive the coronavirus vaccination.

While the program does not provide a “short cut” for appointments, Mayor John A. Peterson said, it has been a resounding success in, at least, securing a place in line for those residents who do not know how to operate a computer.

“We’ve all been shut down for so long, and this is a voice for those who may be challenged in the internet world,” said Peterson.


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The program was organized by Joe Toth, Seaside Park’s recreation director and a teacher at Central Regional High School. Toth was able to get some of his students involved as volunteers, and they have been handling some of the registrations.

“We’re off to a good start,” Toth said. “We have about 46 residents on the list. We’ll continue doing what we can.”

Under the program, which began Monday, residents can call the Recreation Department extension at 732-793-3700, ext. 105 on weekdays and leave their name, address, and phone number. A member of the Recreation Department or one of the volunteers will then return the call to obtain the necessary information to register for the Covid-19 Vaccine.

Residents using the program will provide all of the information that is required for the online registration process, including their name, address, phone number, date of birth, gender, current employment status, existing medical issues (asthma, cancer, etc.) and other general information that is required when registering for the Covid-19 vaccine on the State of New Jersey’s website.

No financial or specific insurance information will be required, and residents will not be asked to give their Social Security Number during the registration process. All information given to the Borough of Seaside Park during the registration process will be entered directly into the State of New Jersey’s vaccine registration website and will not be kept on file. The borough will retain only the resident’s contact information in case a followup call is needed.

If the resident using the town’s vaccine registration assistance program does not have a personal email address, the staff member or volunteer will input a borough email address into the state’s website during the registration process. Then, the state will use the borough email address to confirm the resident’s registration and also to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine at a later date. The Recreation Department or volunteer will relay any information received from the state via the borough email address to that resident via telephone.

The program serves full-time residents only.