Jersey City Medical Center Begins Vaccinating Frontline Employees Against COVID-19

first_imgThomas Melendez, security supervisor and a born-and-raised Jersey City resident, was the first in line to get the vaccine.“As a supervisor, I have to be a role model to my staff. I need to make sure that my colleagues, as well as my family, are safe and I’m glad to finally get the vaccine today,” said Melendez.RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) has been working diligently with the state to support the New Jersey Department of Health’s ambitious vaccination plan to get 70 percent of the state’s adult population vaccinated in six months.As the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, RWJBarnabas Heath is committed to treating and saving the lives of patients with COVID-19, and also to fighting the spread of the disease, protecting its team members and ending the pandemic.With the opening of its employee vaccine clinic today, Jersey City Medical Center is proud to be an integral part of the national and New Jersey COVID-19 vaccination effort. Public health officials and medical experts believe vaccination is an important step in helping to prevent or lessen the effect of COVID-19 and its potentially devastating consequences.“This is a great day that we have all been anxiously waiting for.  Today, Jersey City Medical Center adds another weapon in our fight against this deadly pandemic.  Having the ability to better protect our healthcare heroes through this vaccine increases our capacity to better care for all our patients, both COVID and non-COVID,” said Michael Prilutsky, President and CEO of JCMC.The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine received emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 11, 2020. Vaccine safety and efficacy for Pfizer’s vaccine has been issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA.FDA authorization of a vaccine means the agency has determined, based on substantial evidence and a stringent review process, that the vaccine is safe and effective for its intended use. The vaccine has been shown to be 95 percent effective and requires two doses received 21 days apart. The vaccine is voluntary for employees and medical staff and is being offered free of charge.Due to limited supply, the vaccine is being given in phases based on prioritization order. The prioritization order for RWJBarnabas Health staff is determined by the risk of contracting COVID-19 from exposures while at work, primarily by job setting. RWJBarnabas Health facilities expect to vaccinate staff over a 6-week period (weeks 1-3 first dose; weeks 4-6 second dose). ×Mariekarl Vilceus-Talty, Senior Director of Nursing and Patient Experience, Nursing Administration, was among the first group of JCMC employees to be given the COVID-19 vaccine Mariekarl Vilceus-Talty, Senior Director of Nursing and Patient Experience, Nursing Administration, was among the first group of JCMC employees to be given the COVID-19 vaccinecenter_img Following weeks of preparation, Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, began administering the Pfizer- BioNTech vaccine to its high-risk, frontline employees.The hospital opened its employee vaccine clinic at 7:00 a.m. Monday morning and employees were welcomed with cheers of support from the administrative and volunteer staff.last_img read more

Windies urged to seize crucial moments against unbeaten India today

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder yesterday said West Indies were still to produce the “complete game” and urged his charges to capitalise on the “crucial moments”, as they looked to halt their losing slump and revive their flagging World Cup campaign against unbeaten powerhouse India here today.The Caribbean side started their World Cup quest with much promise when they crushed Pakistan in their opener at Nottingham but things have gone horribly wrong since, losing four of their last five games to find themselves eighth in the 10-team standings on three points.They have, however, found themselves in positions of strength but failed to cash in. Against Australia, they reduced the reigning World champions to 38 for four after opting to bowl in Nottingham but let them off the hook.Left with 288 to chase, the Windies were 190 for four in the 35th over but suffered a late-order collapse.There were similar indiscretions against Bangladesh and New Zealand which served to derail their campaign and Holder said there was need to correct these if they were to finish the World Cup strongly.Seasoned opener Chris Gayle awaits his turn to bat in the nets in preparation for today’s game against India.“I think at the start of this tournament we all match up every single team and most captains say that it’s a competition where if you play good cricket on any given day, anyone can beat anyone,” Holder told media here.“And it’s just a matter of putting together a complete game. We’ve shown glimpses here and there what we can produce and as a side we just haven’t brought it together collectively more often than not, and it has hurt us in games before.“So tomorrow is another opportunity for us to bring it all together and play a perfect game.”He continued: “We’ve had some close games in our World Cup campaign so far and it just shows … playing a few more scenarios a bit better, who knows what the result could have been. We look back on the games that we’ve played and we definitely didn’t seize crucial moments in certain games.“If you put it into perspective of the teams that are doing well, they’re doing those good things and seizing crucial moments within the game. That’s what’s required in the tournament such as this one.“I think with the exception of the game where we were outplayed by England, I think all the other games we’ve been in them with a chance to win them, but we didn’t seize crucial moments in those games.”West Indies’ last two outings would have been especially heart-breaking. Against Bangladesh in Taunton, they left the Asian side with a record run chase and they easily completed it with 51 balls to spare.And against New Zealand, they fought back from 164 for seven in pursuit of 292 at Old Trafford only to lose with six runs needed from seven balls.Holder said it was important West Indies did not allow the manner of the defeats to impact them negatively.“It’s been two crushing defeats and we felt them drastically over the past couple of days,” Holder acknowledged.“But it’s a situation where learning must take place. I think it’s significant for everybody just to draw on their own resources and look at themselves in the mirror and try to make sure that learning takes place.“And it’s a matter for us just to keep going. There’s no point to drop our heads. We’ve got three games left in this campaign and we’ve got to just win all three games.”India present a monumental challenge for West Indies. Not only have the Virat Kohli side won four of their five matches so far but they have lost only twice to West Indies in their last 10 ODIs inside the last three years.However, Holder said there would be no retreat from his side, as India matches were always fixtures they relished.“I think everybody’s upbeat for the occasion. Playing India is always a big game for West Indies, and we’re looking forward to it,” he stressed.“First we need to finish the campaign as best as we can and our objective is to win all three games.”SQUADS:INDIA – Virat Kohli (captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav.WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas.last_img read more

Senator: Feds should consider taxing oil profits

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON — The government should consider a tax on oil companies if they make excessive profits amid rising gasoline prices, a leading Republican senator said Sunday. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said a windfall-profits tax, along with measures to stem concentration of market power among a few select oil companies, could offer eventual relief to consumers hurting at the gas pump. “I believe that we have allowed too many companies to get together to reduce competition,” Specter said. “They get together, reduce the supply of oil, and that drives up prices,” he said. “In the short run, it’s hard to deal with it for tomorrow. But I think windfall profits, eliminating the antitrust exemption, considering the excessive concentration of power, are all items we ought to be addressing.” Specter is backing legislation that would strengthen antitrust laws on oil company mergers after his committee held a hearing last month examining the growing consolidation of the oil industry. The nation’s largest oil companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp., have denied their industry size has affected prices. Last week, crude-oil prices hit record highs and average gasoline prices nationwide neared $3 a gallon. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said he believes gas prices “would come down within a matter of days” if President George W. Bush told oil companies that he was going to support a windfall-profits tax. “But the president will not call the oil companies into his office because he’s been too closely allied with those oil companies, and if he does it’s going to be a window-dressing conversation,” said Levin, who appeared with Specter on CNN’s “Late Edition.”last_img read more