Trenton Health Team is proud to partner with Smoke House Bar-b-que and Henry J. Austin Health Center to provide FREE WALK-UP COVID-19 VACCINES during the restaurant’s First Friday on Front Street celebration, starting at 5 p.m. today, July 2, 2021.

Photo provided by Michelle Ruess

Community nonprofits are teaming up with local business owners to offer discounts for customers vaccinated between June 1 – July 4, 2021 to protect our community from COVID-19 and boost economic growth in the city. Reggie Hallett, co-owner of 1911Smokehouse BBQ, was among the first merchants to join the Trenton Makes Vaccines Happen campaign.

“We need to get Trenton moving and back to work,” Hallett said. “Smokehouse is Trenton; the community supports us, and we want to do everything to support the community. The community is all we have and we need to help everyone.”

HJAHC mobile health unit will provide both the J&J vaccine, requiring one shot; and Moderna, which requires two shots. Patrons receiving a first Moderna shot at First Friday can receive the second shot at HJAHC, 321 N. Warren Street. Vaccines will be provided rain or shine until 6:30 p.m.

Research shows vaccines prevent hospitalization and death due to COVID-19, and protect against recently identified virus variants. Everyone 12 or older who lives, works or studies in New Jersey is now eligible to be vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are FREE. You are not required to have health insurance. You are not required to be a US citizen. Check THT website for updated list of FREE WALK-UP COVID-19 VACCINE SITES (www.trentonhealthteam.org/covidvaccine)

“We are so grateful for the business community’s help getting more Trenton residents protected against COVID-19,” said THT Executive Director Gregory Paulson. “Vaccines are our way out of this pandemic. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect our families and our economy.”

The Trenton Makes Vaccines Happen campaign, supported by the New Jersey Department of Health ELC grant program through a partnership of Trenton Health Team, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education FundCatholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton, aims to improve Trenton’s vaccination rate by raising public awareness about the safety and availability of vaccines and to thank those who get “vaxxed.”

Participating merchants display a Trenton Makes Vaccines Happen poster, provide a discount/special to eligible customers, and receive a stipend supported by funding from the New Jersey Department of Health, the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium and Trinity Health through St. Francis Medical CenterSee the list of merchants.