The city is opening a second COVID-19 vaccine site, this one at the Bayonne Community Museum beginning next week, according to Mayor James Davis.
“We want to do better,” Davis said. “This is why I have been working to set up a second vaccine point of distribution [POD] in Bayonne.”
Davis said the city will now be able to schedule twice as many vaccinations each week, as long as the dosage allotment remains consistent.
“With our ability to double the number of people vaccinated, we’ll get through eligible residents quickly,” Davis said. This now includes Board of Education staff.
Davis said he has been meeting with Board of Education leaders and is committed to getting all teachers and staff vaccinated immediately. Davis said the city will also vaccinate the staff of All Saints Catholic Academy and Beacon Christian Academy.
When the state allow more residents to be eligible, Davis said, “Bayonne will be at the forefront and work with every partner to ensure that every adult who wants a vaccine will get a vaccine.”
To register to get vaccinated at the Bayonne Community Museum, go to bayonne.mhonsite.com.
As of March 11, 8,000 residents have been vaccinated at one of three locations. This includes data from Bayonne Medical Center, the RWJBarnabas on Broadway, the Hudson County Vaccination Distribution Center, and some in the senior housing population.
In total, 12,000 first and second doses have been administered to Bayonne residents. This number does not include private pharmacies and other sites offering the vaccine. Davis estimates hundreds of doses have been administered at these private locations.
Walmart, Stop & Shop, and Rite Aid are offering the vaccine at their Bayonne locations.
“The effort to get this many people vaccinated is something we have never done before,” Davis said. “I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of all the people working tirelessly to make this program successful.”
Where to get vaccinated
Currently, those eligible include educators, healthcare personnel, first responders, and those at high risk, which includes those 65 and older and those between ages 16 and 64 with medical conditions.
To register at Bayonne Medical Center, call 201-858-6088 or email email@example.com. Leave a message with a name, date of birth, and contact. The vaccine hotline is available weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
When vaccines are available, the city will reach out to registered residents to schedule an appointment. Do not call or e-mail the city multiple times about registering because it hampers vaccination efforts.
Residents age 65 and older can register at the Walmart at East 22nd Street and Route 440 by calling 201-620-6512, or by calling the New Jersey Senior Hotline at 856-249-7007.
To register at the uptown Rite Aid at the corner of Broadway and West 54th Street, go to covidvaccine.nj.gov. To register at the Stop & Shop at Route 440 and LeFante Way, go to stopandshop.com/pages/ss-pharmacy.
Residents must get their second doses at the same location as their first.
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