Anja Bowers-Robinson, supervisor at Six flags, expressed apprehension even after being vaccinated with her first dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
“I’m a little nervous to be honest,” she said. “I still am. Because I don’t know what to expect, but I hope later on I feel pretty good having it.
Her dose on Thursday came as Six Flags held the first of their three vaccination clinics in the park in collaboration with the Ocean County Department of Health, open to employees and the general public. As an added incentive, anyone who gets vaccinated at the park receives a free pass to Six Flags’ Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure for the 2021 season.
“We are honored to partner with the Ocean County Department of Health to encourage New Jersey residents and our out-of-state guests to get vaccinated,” Six Flags Park President John Winkler said, in a prepared statement. “Vaccination helps us protect ourselves and those we love. “
Scott Carter, administrative services chief for the Ocean County Department of Health, spoke with Bowers-Robinson and others to help allay their concerns about the vaccine.
“As we start to see more and more disease start to rise not only here in Ocean County, but across the state and across the country, we are here to bring this vaccination to the public. The partnership allows us to meet individuals, to educate individuals who may not be sure, ”he said.
“We want to be able to educate and answer their questions so that they can make a real decision.”
Pierina Rios, from Peru, was with her father, Jorge, who was getting the vaccine.
“We are here (in America) for 24 days. He has already received his first injection of Pfizer vaccine. We are on vacation now so we decided to come to Six Flags and we saw this center. He needs to get his second shot today and that’s why we’re here, ”she said.
“And we are also going to have fun in the Safari.”
Ocean County public health nurse Meghan Phillips helped Rios complete the pre-vaccine questionnaire printed in Spanish. After getting vaccinated, Phillips handed him his free ticket to the Safari.
As the family left the center, Rios said they were heading straight for the rides.
The Six Flags Vaccination Center will be located in the Members’ Pavilion of the Park’s Outdoor Mall and will operate from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 17. Participants will have the option of choosing their vaccines from the two-shot Pfizer. or the Moderna vaccine, or the Johnson & Johnson single injection vaccine. Reservations are not required. Parking charges may apply.
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