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City council approves contract with Mobile Health for new vaccine site

The site will operate at the Bayonne Community Museum

The Bayonne City Council held a special meeting on March 15.

The Bayonne City Council has approved a resolution authorizing an agreement with Mobile Health Services to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and related services at the Bayonne Community Museum at 229 Broadway.

Last week, Mayor James Davis announced a second vaccination site was opening that will allow twice the number of vaccinations. The city is currently operating a vaccination site out of Bayonne Medical Center (BMC), but the site can vaccinate only approximately a few hundred residents a day.

“The goal of opening the museum building as a major vaccination center is to double Bayonne’s vaccination capacity each week,” Davis said. “Having this additional location will help us achieve the goal of vaccinating the majority of our adult residents.”

So far, more than 8,000 Bayonne residents have been vaccinated at one of three locations. This includes data from BMC, the RWJBarnabas on Broadway, the Hudson County Vaccination Distribution Center, and some residents in the senior housing population.

Contract approved

At a March 15 special meeting, the council unanimously adopted the resolution with Mobile Health for a $250,000 contract, with an initial payment of $75,000. Mobile Health will operate the site for 25 weeks.

City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski thanked the council members for getting together at the last minute to approve the contract.

“This is an important part of getting back to normal life in Bayonne,” Ashe-Nadrowski said. “We want to make sure we get these vaccines out there as quickly as possible. I’m proud of the administration for taking this step to get more people vaccinated.”

The site will open on March 17 and will operate on that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Starting March 23, the site will operate regularly on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Davis, the schedule will be adjusted depending on the vaccine supply. The site may expand to operate on other days if the allotment increases.

To register at the Bayonne Community Museum, go to bayonne.mhonsite.com. Registration opens each Friday for the following week. Residents can use “Bayonne21” for the authorization code.

Davis noted that residents are not eligible to be vaccinated if they have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days. The Bayonne Community Museum site is for Bayonne residents and Bayonne Board of Education employees only. Residents must get their second doses at the same location as their first.

Currently, those eligible to receive the vaccine include educators and childcare workers, transportation workers, healthcare personnel, first responders, additional public safety workers, and those at high risk, which includes those 65 and older, those between ages 16 and 64 with medical conditions, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, individuals experiencing homelessness, and those living in shelters.

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