Program Updates & Resources from Easterseals NJ
For any general questions about COVID-19 in NJ, call 2-1-1 or text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed.
UPDATED: Feb 3, 2022
Program Update: Open for Business
With the exception of Camp Merry Heart, all Easterseals programs are now open for business. All virtual programming has been replaced by 100% in-person services. We are operating all programs in accordance with all CDC and state recommendations to keep staff and program participants safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In lieu of camp, Easterseals NJ is preparing to launch two respite trips out into the community in an effort to promote socialization for people with disabilities in NJ. We will be releasing details regarding these “Trek Trips” in mid-February 2022.
For any questions regarding our programs, please contact us at 855.215.4541 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Jersey’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center, which will be staffed seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., is LIVE. The toll-free number is 855-568-0545. The call center can assist residents with: Registering with the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS), Identifying whether they are currently eligible for vaccination, identifying vaccination locations, and general questions about vaccines.
The NJACP Vaccine Committee has developed fact sheets for the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccines that may be useful as you evaluate your vaccine options – especially considering the spread of the recent spread of the Delta COVID-19 variant.
VACCINE STAFF MANDATE IN EFFECT
In early August, the governor of the State of New Jersey announced an executive order requiring mandatory vaccinations or testing requirements for all employees in health care settings effective September 7, 2021. This includes all staff at providers like Easterseals. As a result, all Easterseals NJ employees are now required to comply with executive order 252 by showing proof of vaccination or, only in the case of religious and medical exemption, adhering to weekly testing requirements. We have shared resources with staff and will continue to provide guidance in regards to testing locations. We encourage them and anyone seeking more information about these new mandates or vaccination resources to visit the State of New Jersey Covid Information Hub.
UPDATE: Camp Merry Heart
For more than 7 decades, Easterseals Camp Merry Heart has prided itself in providing campers & travelers with friendships and memories which will last a lifetime. It comes with a heavy heart that we must announce, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is not possible for us to operate Camp Merry Heart for the rest of 2022. We are forced to cancel all rentals, respites, and events for the summer and fall seasons. We are planning to resume operations in January 2023 on a limited basis with respite and hotel programs (to be confirmed at a later date).
We will continue to provide all program updates regarding Coronavirus-related closures/re-openings on this page.
Disability-Related Legal Resources During the Pandemic
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals with disabilities need legal assistance navigating issues related to:
- Housing, including rent and mortgage obligations, eviction, or need for repairs
- Stimulus check issues
- Unemployment benefits
- Health insurance coverage
- Food Assistance
- Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives
- Family matters such as child support, visitation, or domestic violence
- Other issues that may be affecting them during this crisis
If you are a person with a disability in need of legal help, please contact the Community Health Law Project for assistance.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
- What to do if you think you are sick (CDC)
- Centers for Disease Control
- New Jersey Department of Health
- New Jersey Department of Children and Families
- NJ Division on Developmental Disabilities
- NJ Department of Labor
- Special Needs Considerations for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- 7 Tips on Staying “Mental Healthy” During a Quarantine