By Ava Schubert
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Camden County College just launched a COVID-19 Health Hub in its main parking lot.
On Oct. 14, Camden County College in Blackwood opened the COVID-19 Health Hub in partnership with Cooper University Health Care and Rutgers University Camden School of Nursing. This Health Hub consists of large tents that you can drive through in your car. It is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. These operation times are subject to change as demand increases.
Camden County College President Donald Borden said the Health Hub is providing a range of services. “At this hub, they are offering COVID tests, vaccines, boosters and at some point in the not too distant future they are planning on being able to give antibodies to those who test positive.” Flu shots, however, are not being offered there.
The Health Hub is accessible not only to students who attend Camden County College in Blackwood but also to anyone who wishes to visit. All you have to do is register through the Camden County government website. This makes it easier for Camden County College students and residents who would like to get vaccinated or get tested. The Health Hub has nurses from Rutgers and the COUNTY OR STATE? Department of Health, who are also working with Rutgers nursing students, Borden said.
While the coronavirus has been the most pressing issue the United States has been facing since the first case emerged in the nation in January 2020, vaccination sites have popped up at various locations, such as pharmacies, malls, convention centers and college campuses. While this makes COVID-19 resources easily accessible to more young people, not everyone thinks having this Health Hub is necessary.
Camden County College student Curt Rayser said although he does not think this Health Hub is necessary, it is still a good thing to have. “With places like Rite Aid, CVS and urgent care that all provide testing and vaccinations, I feel like there’s plenty of resources that provide for COVID-19, although if that’s not enough, the Health Hub is still very useful.”
Another Camden County College student said she is happy with this new addition to campus. Julie Rocha stated, “I believe the COVID-19 Health Hub is very useful at the Camden County campus because it is quick and easy access for people who want the vaccine. The drive through is also very convenient.”
This Health Hub is currently serving 200 visitors per day, according to President Borden. These numbers are expected to grow as the demand increases.