Secaucus continues to administer vaccine

More than 140 eligible residents have been vaccinated so far

The municipal vaccine point of distribution in Secaucus. Photo courtesy of the town newsletter.
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The municipal vaccine point of distribution in Secaucus. Photo courtesy of the town newsletter.

The municipal point of distribution (POD) is now fully operational, functioning smoothly, and administering vaccines to eligible members of the Secaucus community, according to Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the town council.

The first COVID-19 vaccine at the Secaucus POD was administered on Dec. 30. The town’s POD is a trailer and heated tent outside the Recreation Center at 1200 Koelle Blvd.

A small batch of Moderna vaccines arrives daily. About 140 vaccines have been administered, as of Jan. 8.

The town anticipates the number of vaccinations to substantially increase in the coming weeks. Based on State Health Department requirements, all sites in New Jersey, including the Secaucus Vaccination POD are currently serving only healthcare personnel, long-term care facility workers and residents, and first responders such as police and firefighters under Phase 1A and Phase 1B.

“I am very happy that we could get the Vaccination POD set up in town,” Gonnelli said. “Our goal is to have this vaccine easily available to our residents, and the POD does it. I can’t wait for more vaccine shipments, so our residents can continue to be safe and healthy.”

Register to get vaccinated

The town and the local Health Department are setting up an online registration system that will allow residents to make appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine at the local POD. As soon as the state announces that vaccinations can begin for the rest of Phase 1B, the town will share additional information on how to register and make an appointment.

Help will be available to residents who cannot access the online registration system. However, only those who fall in the current eligible category will be able to make an appointment.

Residents may also opt to receive the vaccine at pharmacies or other medical facilities, where the vaccine may be available as distribution improves.

The town is asking for residents’ patience and understanding as the state moves from one eligible phase to the next.

In Phase 1A, healthcare personnel and long-term care facility workers and residents will be vaccinated. In Phase 1B, first responders such as police and firefighters, other frontline essential workers, persons aged 65 years and older, and persons aged 18 through 64 with high risk conditions will receive the vaccine. In Phase 1C, essential workers not recommended in Phase 1B will be vaccinated.

The general population will receive the vaccine under Phase 2. For more information, visit www.secaucusnj.gov.

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