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COVID-19 vaccinations continue despite snow

Mayor Davis drove folks to BMC to get vaccinated

Mayor Davis drove Board of Education nurse Mary Ellen Forker to BMC on Feb. 1 during Winter Storm Orlena to help administer vaccines to residents.

“We have been very busy contacting, screening, scheduling, and vaccinating many of our qualified residents,” said Mayor James Davis.

Despite Winter Storm Orlena, vaccinations have continued. Davis himself drove staff and residents to Bayonne Medical Center during the snowstorm.

On Feb. 1, Davis helped shuttle BMC staff and Bayonne Board of Education nurses to the hospital to distribute vaccines. The nurses have been assisting in the “all hands on deck” effort to vaccinate as many residents as possible.

During the snowstorm, Davis drove residents to BMC who were not plowed out. Joining Davis in the shuttling were Police Chief Robert Geisler and Fire Chief Keith Weaver.

Vaccinations began at BMC on Dec. 22, as the hospital personnel received their first doses of the Moderna vaccine. The hospital was the first site in the city, and more may open soon.

Distributing vaccines

“Your patience and cooperation is needed as we work to get each of you cared for,” Davis said. The city is working to vaccinate all eligible residents.

According to Davis, the process will take many weeks. Those who have called or emailed the city to register for an appointment will receive a response.

“Please be patient and understand we can only vaccinate the number of people that our dosage supply allows,” Davis said.

As the city receives more vaccines, it will schedule more eligible residents who have registered with the city for appointments to receive the vaccine. So far, thousands of Bayonne residents have been vaccinated, and the number is growing.

Mayor Davis drove Dineen Oliviera, a nurse at BMC, to her shift amid Winter Storm Orlena on Feb. 1.

Register to get vaccinated

Currently, healthcare personnel, first responders, and residents at high risk can receive the vaccine. Those over 65 and ages 16 to 64 with medical conditions are considered high risk.

Eligible residents can register for an appointment to get vaccinated at 201-858-6088 or email bayvax@baynj.org. Leave a name, date of birth, and contact number. The Bayonne Office of Emergency Management urges those who have registered not to call city hall or the hospital to ask about their place on the list or to move to the front of the line.

The Hudson County Vaccination Distribution Center in Kearny is also open to Bayonne residents.

“They get way more doses then we do here,” Davis said. “Our friends up at the county have created a very smooth and efficient way of getting vaccinated.”

Hudson County residents can register at the facility in Kearny by going to hudsoncovidvax.org. Whether vaccinated at BMC or in Kearny, Davis reminded residents to get their second dose of the vaccine at the same location where they received their first dose.

New Jersey residents can register at www.covidvaccine.nj.gov to receive the vaccine at one of the State of New Jersey mega-sites.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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