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About the “This Is Your Shot” Commercial

With COVID-19 continuing throughout the  country, the Board of County Commissioners is continuing to work with important influencers in their community to increase vaccine administration. 

Camden High School basketball standout, DJ Wagner, his coach and former NBA player, Rick Brunson, and teammate, Cian Medley, all recently participated in a new public service announcement in partnership with the Board. The message is clear from this group to the public, “this is your shot – make it count.” Right now, getting every municipality to 70 percent vaccinated and beyond is the objective for the county health department. 

“Getting these individuals to step up and lend their voices to this campaign was imperative for us to convince our neighbors that the vaccine is the right decision. Rick, Cian and DJ know how important it is to protect their friends, family and community and I want to thank them for their advocacy on this issue,” said Commissioner Al Dyer. “Furthermore, these kids are role models in the city and beyond its borders for so many people and hoop heads throughout the state. We know the peer to peer message is impactful with other kids and families to make their shot count.”



An Important Message from Camden County

Transcript of Message (English / Spanish) – Click Here


How can I protect myself?

  • Stay informed – CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for
    the public. Visit:
  • Take everyday preventive actions recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water or
      use hand sanitizer
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
      with unwashed hands
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home while you are sick and avoid
      contact with others
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or
      sleeve when coughing or sneezing


Camden County COVID-19 Health Hub

The Camden County Board of Commissioners along with Cooper University Health Care and Rutgers-Camden School of Nursing has launched the Camden County CPVID-19 Health Hub, located at Camden County College, providing a one stop shop for COVID-19 vaccines, boosters,  and COVID testing all inside one site.

Click here to learn more.


Covid-19 Call Center

If you have questions about the DELTA Variant or any other questions about COVID-19, call the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services Covid-19 hotline at (856) 549-0530 for assistance.


Important Message Transcript

My name is Dr. Paschal Nwako. I have the privilege of serving as the Camden County Health Officer & Public Health Coordinator. I want to talk to you about vaccine safety and effectiveness.

The County Department of Health has seen an overwhelming number of cases over the past couple of weeks. Our numbers continue to triple from what we have seen in the past. We urge everyone to please go and get vaccinated and protect yourself from COVID-19. 

Many of us, if not all, were vaccinated as children to protect us from infectious diseases. We received these vaccines as children and teenagers. Vaccines are not new in the healthcare system and are used in preventing infectious diseases. The Covid 19 vaccine is not different.

Getting vaccinated may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Getting sick with COVID-19 can cause severe illness or death, and we cannot reliably predict who will have a mild or severe illness. In addition, if you get sick, you can spread COVID-19 to others. You can also continue to have long-term issues after Covid 19 infections.  

Our hospitals and health care systems are overwhelmed with the increasing number of Covid 19 patients. Our data shows that less than 0.03% of our cases are breakthrough cases. It shows that over 99% of our positive cases are people who have not received their booster shots.

Vaccines work by stimulating your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. So after getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease without having to get the disease first.

COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field at the site of your injection. In addition, all COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals 

None of the vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. contain a live virus. Therefore, mRNA and viral vector vaccines are the two types of currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States.

Both messenger mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccines work by delivering instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

After the body produces an immune response, it discards all the vaccine ingredients just as it would discard any information that cells no longer need. This process is a part of normal body functioning.

The genetic material delivered by mRNA vaccines never enters the nucleus of our cells, which is where your DNA is kept. Viral vector COVID-19 vaccines deliver genetic material to the cell nucleus to allow our cells to build protection against COVID-19. However, the vector virus does not have the machinery needed to integrate its genetic material into our DNA, so it cannot alter our DNA.

COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. However, these symptoms are normal and show that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines will not affect your fertility, will not affect your natural cycles and you will not test positive on a viral test. In addition to COVID-19 vaccines, I urge everyone to get tested for COVID-19 if they feel that they have been exposed and get tested at all our sites in Camden County. We have sites in all areas of Camden County. In addition, we urge people to stay away from work if they are sick and exhibiting symptoms from COVID-19 or any kind of symptoms at all. So please stay away from work if you have symptoms.

Finally, I urge you to please get the Covid 19 vaccines to protect you from severe illness, hospitalization, and death. I will not expose my wife and four children if I doubt that the vaccines are not safe and effective. The Camden County Department of Health is here to work with you throughout the pandemic. This is your shot. Please make it count. 


Soy el Dr. Paschal Nwako. Tengo el privilegio de servir al condado de Camden como concejal de sanidad y coordinador de salud pública. Me gustaría hablarle sobre la seguridad de las vacunas y su eficacia. 

El Departamento de Salud del condado ha visto una cantidad abrumadora de casos en las últimas dos semanas, y nuestros números continúan triplicándose. Instamos a todos a que se vacunen y se protejan contra COVID-19. 

Muchos de nosotros, si no todos, fuimos vacunados de niños contra enfermedades infecciosas. Recibimos estas vacunas cuando éramos niños y adolescentes. Las vacunas no son algo nuevo en el sistema sanitario y se usan para prevenir enfermedades infecciosas. La vacuna para COVID-19 no es diferente. 

Vacunarse puede también proteger a aquellos que le rodean, particularmente a gente con alto riesgo de desarrollar síntomas graves. Contagiarse con COVID-19 puede causar complicaciones muy graves o incluso la muerte, y no podemos predecir de qué manera afectará a una persona u otra. Además, si se infecta, puede transmitir COVID-19 a otras personas. También puede desarrollar complicaciones a largo plazo.

Nuestros hospitales y servicios de salud están saturados con el incremento en pacientes con COVID-19. Nuestros datos muestran que menos de un 0.03% de los casos son personas ya completamente vacunadas, lo que quiere decir que sobre un 99% de casos positivos provienen de personas que no han recibido la tercera dosis. 

Las vacunas funcionan gracias a la estimulación en la producción de anticuerpos en nuestro sistema inmunitario, exactamente de la misma forma que reaccionaría si fuera expuesto a la enfermedad. Por ello, después de vacunarse usted desarrolla inmunidad contra la enfermedad sin tener que sufrir las consecuencias de la misma. 

La vacuna contra COVID-19 no contiene ingredientes que puedan causar campos electromagnéticos en el área de la inyección. Además, ninguna de las vacunas COVID-19 contienen metales. 

Ninguna de las vacunas autorizadas para su uso en los Estados Unidos contiene el virus vivo. Por lo tanto, las vacunas mARN y las vacunas de vectores virales son los dos tipos de vacunas contra COVID-19 actualmente autorizadas para su uso en los Estados Unidos. 

Ambas vacunas entregan instrucciones (material genético) a nuestras células para que comiencen a crear protección contra el virus que causa COVID-19. 

Una vez nuestro cuerpo produce una respuesta inmunitaria, éste desecha los ingredientes de la vacuna de la misma forma que desecha cualquier información que las células no necesitan. Este es un proceso común de nuestro cuerpo. 

El material genético inyectado a través de vacunas mARN nunca entra en el núcleo de nuestras células, que es donde nuestro propio ADN se encuentra. Las vacunas de vectores virales contra COVID-19 entregan material genético al núcleo de la célula para permitir que éstas construyan defensas contra COVID-19. Sin embargo, el vector viral no contiene los mecanismos necesarios para integrar su información genética junto con nuestro ADN, por lo tanto no puede alterarlo. 

Las vacunas de COVID-19 no influyen o afectan su fertilidad, no afectan a sus ciclos naturales, y no producen resultados positivos en un test vírico. Además, insto a que se hagan tests en cualquiera de nuestros centros en el condado de Camden si creen que han sido expuestos al virus. Tenemos centros a lo largo de todo el condado de Camden. También rogamos que se abstengan de ir a trabajar si se encuentran enfermos o exhiben síntomas relacionados con COVID-19. Por favor, no vaya a trabajar si tiene síntomas. 

Finalmente, les pido por favor que se vacunen de COVID-19 para protegerse de los graves síntomas de la enfermedad, hospitalización, o muerte. Nunca expondría a mi esposa y mis cuatro hijos si pensara que las vacunas no son seguras o efectivas. El Departamento de Salud del condado de Camden está aquí para trabajar a su lado durante esta pandemia. Este es su momento. Por favor, haga que cuente.