• The Hammonton Gazette

A shot in the arm


At the May 6 meeting, Hammonton Board of Education President Sam Mento III (left) and Councilman Joseph Giralo (right) recognized AtlantiCare, Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers (SJFMC) and MediLink RxCare for the COVID-19 vaccinations for the Hammonton School District and their families. (l-r) Tricia Donio and Christine Guzman from AtlantiCare; SJFMC COO Esther Carpenter and SJFMC Executive Assistant to the CEO Bernadette Andrews; Nikoleta Tzaferos and Sandy Tzaferos from MediLink Rx Care. (THG/Kristin Guglietti. To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940.)

We respect that not everyone wanted to receive a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine of any type in recent weeks and months. We can still honor the people who administered the vaccine to the people who did want them.


That’s exactly what the Hammonton Board of Education did at its May 6 board meeting, when representatives of several entities were presented with plaques and certificates for their role in vaccinating the staff of the Hammonton School District and their families.


Vaccinations are a critical component to reopening the school district full time, government officials have said publicly. The Hammonton School District is planning on returning to full days five days a week this September, Hammonton Board of Education President Sam Mento III said during the May 6 meeting.


Mento and Councilman Joseph Giralo, who is the town council’s liaison to the board of education, presented honors to the following people for their role in administering the vaccinations: Christine Guzman and Tricia Donio from AtlantiCare; Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers (SJFMC) COO Esther Carpenter and Bernadette Andrews, SJFMC Executive Assistant to CEO Linda Flake; and Sandy Tzaferos and Nikoleta Tzaferos of MediLink Rx Care.

All these individuals played an integral role in making the vaccinations at the school district happen. The board of education publicly showed their thanks by honoring these dedicated people at the May 6 board meeting. The hope is that all their work will make a positive difference and bring the students and staff back together for full school days this fall.