Bayonne has administered the COVID-19 vaccine to 15 percent of its population over the age of 18, according to Mayor James Davis. He said that the number is extraordinary compared to the other municipalities in the county.
“We have been extremely busy vaccinating as many residents each week as our dosage allotments allow,” Davis said. “We are poised to remain a leader in vaccinating our residents.”
Recently, the city vaccinated all school employees in the buildup to the district’s transition to hybrid instruction on May 3. As of March 11, more than 8,000 residents were fully vaccinated.
Davis said his administration and the city council have been working to protect the community from COVID-19 by getting residents vaccinated as quickly as possible. He said that the opening of a second vaccination distribution site at the Bayonne Community Museum will do just that.
“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.”
To register at the museum, go to bayonne.mhonsite.com. Use “Bayonne21” for the authorization code.
Registration opens on Fridays for the following week. Appointments will be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The city continues to explore opportunities to increase its dosage allotment, according to Davis. The vaccine has been administered at Bayonne Medical Center, the RWJBarnabas on Broadway, the Hudson County Vaccination Distribution Center, and some in senior housing.
Pharmacies and other companies in the city have been offering the vaccine at private sites. Riverside Medical Group, Walmart, Stop & Shop, and Rite Aid are offering the vaccine at their Bayonne locations.
Those who have called or emailed the city to register for an appointment at BMC should be patient, Davis said. A scheduler will contact registered residents. Those who do not want to wait can get vaccinated at other sites.
Davis thanked residents for their cooperation, patience and “Bayonne spirit.”
Shot in the arm
Currently, those eligible 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. Residents are not eligible to be vaccinated if they have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
To register at Bayonne Medical Center, call 201-858-6088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Do not call or email 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 riteaid.com/covid-19. 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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