Over 5,000 residents vaccinated in the city so far

The uptown Rite Aid has stepped up to the plate

Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine continues in Bayonne.

“Things are certainly looking promising as we continue to vaccinate hundreds of residents each week,” said Mayor James Davis. “Since the vaccine became available to us, no other task has been more important to me than to get vaccines into arms.”

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“Although our dosage allotments in Bayonne haven’t been great, we have been able to successfully vaccinate over 5,000 residents between the Bayonne Medical Center, the Hudson County site in Kearny, and even some at RWJ Barnabas on Broadway,” Davis said. “Nearly 5,000 residents being vaccinated is a testament to some very hard work. But its not enough. We will not stop working until we get every eligible resident who has raised their hand.”

Currently, those eligible include healthcare personnel, first responders, and those at high risk, which includes those 65 and older and those between ages 16 to 64 with medical conditions.

Davis noted vaccines are now available at CVS and Rite Aid locations in New Jersey. The Bayonne Office of Emergency Management confirmed that the uptown Rite Aid at the corner of Broadway and West 54th Street has begun administering vaccines. To register for an appointment, go to covidvaccine.nj.gov.

“The news is getting better regarding dosage supply,” Davis said. “The moment we get more supply, we will vaccinate many more residents per day.”

Register for an appointment

To register for a vaccination in Bayonne, call 201-858-6088 or email bayvax@baynj.org. Leave a message with a name, date of birth, and contact. Davis said the city will reach out to those who have called to confirm they are registered.

“If you called us our emailed us over the past month, you will be notified and scheduled,” Davis said. “One of our incredibly dedicated schedulers will call you.”

To register for a vaccination at the Hudson County Vaccination Distribution Center, go to hudsoncovidvax.org.

“We are fortunate to have our friends at the county site in Kearny vaccinating Bayonne residents,” Davis said. “The choice is yours, you can go to Bayonne Medical Center or the Hudson County site in Kearny.”

Residents must get their second doses at the same location where they received their first.

Residents can also register at one of the state’s vaccination mega-sites by going to covidvaccine.nj.gov.

Patience prescribed

“There are thousands of names that we must process and schedule,” Davis said. “You will not be left behind. But I need you to be patient. I need everyone to understand that we can only schedule approximately 100 residents per day, due to the limited amount of vaccines we are receiving.”

The Bayonne vaccine hotline is now available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Davis asked residents not to call or email the city multiple times about registering because it hampers vaccination efforts.

The city is experiencing delays due to people calling and leaving voicemails more than once, Davis said.

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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