The Hudson County Vaccine Task Force, overseen by County Executive Tom DeGise and the Hudson Regional Health Commission, has now administered 75 percent of the COVID-19 vaccines supplied late last month.
The Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center, which opened on Dec. 23, anticipates receiving two additional shipments of the Moderna vaccine in the coming days to continue its efforts to vaccinate all residents and essential workers.
“As we enter into a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever it’s important for us to invest all of our resources into an efficient and robust vaccination program,” DeGise said. “We will continue to keep Hudson County residents safe, healthy and informed through the remainder of the pandemic and ensure that everyone receives a vaccine in line with the state’s vaccination schedule.”
Hudson County has also launched a comprehensive website to provide the most up-to-date information about vaccination and testing opportunities available to residents.
COVID.HCNJ.US informs individuals where to make vaccination appointments, lists information about testing opportunities at the County Testing Site at Hudson Regional Hospital, and shares relevant local COVID-19 data.
According to the county’s data, 49,767 residents have had COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic with 558 new cases reported on Jan. 3. A total of 1,651 county residents have died due to the virus.
On the cutting edge
Hudson County was the first in New Jersey to open a county-run public vaccination center and began vaccinating individuals within hours of receiving its first shipment.
The Vaccine Distribution Center is operating through a collaborative effort with the Hudson Regional Health Commission, the Hudson County Improvement Authority, the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management, Hudson County Department of Roads and Public Property, the Hudson County Schools of Technology, and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.
The center is open by appointment only for those in Category 1A, including doctors and nurses within private practices, dentists, hygienists, community and public health workers, funeral directors, paid and unpaid Emergency Medical Technicians, and those working in labs with infectious material.
Just before New Year’s DeGise visited the USS Juneau Center, Office of Emergency Management, home to Hudson County’s first Vaccine Distribution Center, to thank staff and frontline workers for their continued efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Hudson County has put itself at the forefront of responding to this health crisis, and our frontline workers have played an essential role in keeping our residents safe and healthy,” said DeGise. “… I was honored to meet with several of our healthcare heroes at the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center and personally thank them for going above and beyond to combat this virus. The hopefulness and optimism inside the center is palpable, but our response to the winter months is critical. Right now, we remain committed to working with local leaders and stakeholders to continue investing all of our resources into robust testing and vaccinating operations.”
The Vaccination Distribution Center at the USS Juneau Center is at 110 Hackensack Avenue in Kearny.
COVID-19 testing is still being offered at the County Testing Site in partnership with Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus.
For more information, on the vaccine email HCvax@hudsonregionalhealth.org.