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Mayor Jay Gillian said Ocean City helped about 40 residents to get their COVID-19 vaccinations this week. The city's Community Services department has set up a new program to guide senior citizens through the online registration and scheduling process for vaccinations. "I’m happy to report that our Community Services team has had some good success in securing COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Ocean City seniors," the mayor said in his weekly message Friday. His entire message follows.
The Ocean City Community Services Department has put together a team of staff members and volunteers to help Ocean City residents who may have no or limited ability to complete the online registration or scheduling process for COVID-19 vaccinations. All 65-and-overs and residents ages 16 to 64 with medical conditions that put them at risk are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. The team will do its best to schedule appointments, but this program offers no guarantee of receiving a vaccination. Vaccine supplies remain limited.
The Cape May County Department of Health will bring its mobile COVID-19 testing trailer to the Ocean City Community Center parking lot located at 1735 Simpson Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb 18. The tests are available to anybody, but appointments are required. Individuals can call 609-463-6581 (then use prompt 2 and then press 1) to ask for additional information and make an appointment.
Ocean City seeks volunteers to fill seats on the Local Assistance Board. This body oversees the administration and operations of the Municipal Welfare Office in accordance with state regulations and advises the city on other social service issues. Details follow on how to volunteer.
The Ocean City Free Public Library gives people a lot to choose from when it comes to virtual programming, including something for teenagers. Teens, get ready for some movies, dungeons and dragons and game nights courtesy of the library. All you have to do is join the library’s Discord server. Details follow.
The Cape May County Zoo is sad to report the passing of Himani, a female snow leopard. Himani was peacefully euthanized Friday following a battle with cancer, the county announced in a news release. Himani was born in June 2003 and came to the Cape May County Zoo in 2009 from the Knoxville Zoo.
Mayor Jay Gillian says Ocean City continues to receive a lot of calls from residents who are frustrated by the difficulty of getting the COVID-19 vaccination. The biggest issue remains the fact that there is still not enough vaccine to go around, he explained Friday in his weekly message to the public. He is offering tips for getting a vaccination. They follow.