Ocean County health officials this week said two of the county’s 33 municipalities remain below the benchmark of 70 percent vaccinated for Covid-19.
Lakewood, the county’s largest community, and Lacey Township, with a population of about 29,000 in southern Ocean County, have the lowest vaccination rates of the county. Just 25 percent of Lakewood’s total population had been fully vaccinated and 30 percent had received a single shot, while in Lacey Township, 46 percent had received both doses and 51 percent had received a single dose.
In recent weeks, two of the county’s largest towns – Brick and Jackson – reached the overall 70 percent vaccination goal, said Ocean County Commissioner Gerry P. Little, who spent much of his day holding meetings with health officials from the county and state. The county has been reaching out to both the Lakewood and Lacey communities, and has found success partnering with the school district in Lacey to vaccinate more residents.
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