Hoboken continues to vaccinate as supplies permit

City launches vaccine pre-registration for those with medical conditions

Hoboken continues to vaccinate it's senior population. Hoboken resident Ed Miller received his vaccine this month.
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Hoboken continues to vaccinate it's senior population. Hoboken resident Ed Miller received his vaccine this month.

Hoboken residents with high-risk medical conditions can now pre-register to get the COVID-19 vaccine through the city.

Hoboken has seen a total of 2,604 residents test positive for the virus, which has claimed the lives of 39 others.

“We made the decision today to launch this pre-registration list before our new vaccine-appointment software has been finalized, to begin signing up those interested, so we can understand the demand and how long it will take to vaccinate the majority of the 1B population,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “When our software launches in the near future, those who signed up on this pre-registration list will be provided further instructions on scheduling and uploading additional documents such as insurance cards.”

Once the state expands the city’s vaccine supply, the city will be able to vaccinate those who pre-registered.

According to the state, high-risk medical conditions in the 1B category include people between 16-64 years old who have at least one chronic medical condition that poses a high-risk for severe COVID-19 such as cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Down Syndrome, heart conditions like heart failure and coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies, obesity, severe obesity, sickle cell disease, smoking, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, or individuals who are pregnant, as well as individuals who are immunocompromised such as organ transplant recipients.

Those with high-risk medical conditions can now register at www.hobokennj.gov/highrisk.
Residents over 65 years of age with a high-risk medical condition who are already signed up on the city’s senior pre-registration list, should not fill out this additional form.

Seniors who have not yet signed up for a vaccine can do so at http://www.hobokennj.gov/seniors or call the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at 201-420-5621 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Vaccinations continue

On Jan. 25, Hoboken provided first-dose vaccines to more than 160 seniors through its partnership with Hoboken University Medical Center, with another 340 scheduled at HUMC through Jan. 27.

On Jan. 26, the Hoboken Health Department received another 300 vaccines from the state, and the city began scheduling first-dose appointments with this additional batch.

Bhalla said that a number of seniors and those eligible to get the vaccine may not be able to get vaccinated through the city “for some time given our limited supply.”

“I ask those residents to please be patient as we go through our lists and schedule appointments for our vulnerable populations with the vaccines we have on hand,” Bhalla said. “If you’re a senior who signed up and haven’t yet gotten called, please know that you do not need to do anything else.”

Riverside Medical Group provided first-dose vaccines to approximately 100 Hoboken seniors using the vaccine supplied the state over the weekend of Jan. 22.

Riverside, when their vaccine supply allows, will periodically vaccinate Hoboken’s 1B population using the city’s pre-registration lists, even if those residents aren’t Riverside patients, according to the city.

Riverside, along with almost all other vaccination sites in Hoboken, are not taking walk-ins.

For a full list of vaccination distribution sites across the state go to https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients.

To register for the county’s drive-in vaccination site go to https://www.hudsoncovidvax.org/.

Hoboken is also still providing COVID-19 testing. To book a testing appointment, visit www.hobokennj.gov/testing.

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