Patience prescribed amid COVID-19 vaccine rollout

City must restock before making more appointments

Mayor Davis gave the weekly video COVID-19 update on Jan. 14.
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Mayor Davis gave the weekly video COVID-19 update on Jan. 14.

Mayor James Davis said that those over 65 and those who are age 16-64 at high risk can now receive the vaccine.

Davis met with the city’s COVID-19 vaccination committee to organize distribution efforts.

Bayonne Medical Center and the city look to distribute the vaccine as more members of the population become eligible, but the supply has run out.

Seniors can still register by emailing bayvax@baynj.org or leaving a voicemail at 201-858-6088. Registrants need to provide their names, dates of birth, and phone numbers. The city will contact them to make an appointment at Bayonne Medical Center.

Hudson County residents can use the facility in Kearny by going to hudsoncovidvax.org. Davis warned that if they get the first shot there, they must get their second shot there. Appointments here are also dependent on the availability of the vaccine.

The RWJBarnabas Health at Bayonne on Broadway plans to start vaccinating residents shortly.

“Be patient,” Davis said. “Our goal is to vaccinate everyone in Bayonne who wants the vaccine.”

COVID-19 by the numbers

As of Jan 14, there were 467 active cases, according to Office of Emergency Management. This is an uptick of 58 cases since the week prior.

Another resident has died: a 46-year-old male. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 93 residents have died, and 3,717 have recovered.

OEM said that 4,277 residents have tested positive, regardless of where that test was given, as of Jan. 14.

COVID-19 hospitalizations at BMC have been fluctuating. However, most residents recover at home. There were 12 COVID-19 patients at Bayonne Medical Center as of Jan. 14. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in other hospitals.

Residents are asked to wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene.

How to get COVID-19 tested

Bayonne Medical Center has reinstated its drive-thru program. Now patients with a prescription and an appointment can be tested inside their vehicles at the Emergency Room Driveway entrance. This testing takes place every day from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The RiteAid at 54th Street and Broadway offers free testing for all residents over 18 via drive-thru. Visit riteaid.com to register. Residents do not need to be symptomatic, nor do they need a prescription.

CityMD at 904 Bayonne Crossing Way offers COVID-19 tests for walk-ins only; call 551-497-5675 for more information.

Residents can get tested at Broadway Care Pharmacy at 516 Broadway, and Total Care Pharmacy at 596 Broadway. For more information, call 201-437-5100 for Broadway Care Pharmacy and 201-535-5080 for Total Care Pharmacy.

Testing is available from Dr. Ahab Gabriel at 449 Ave. C, and Hudson DNA and Testing at 150 Pulaski St. Call 201-374-1103 for Dr. Gabriel and 201-994-6594 for Hudson DNA and Testing.

CityMD and BMC are conducting antibody testing. Residents should call 2-1-1 for a list of testing sites throughout the state.

The Bayonne Health Department is immediately notified of positive results and contacts individuals to begin contact tracing. It advises residents who have recently taken a COVID-19 test to be sure to answer their phones for contact tracers and BHD staff.

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