Bayonne honors COVID-19 vaccination volunteer

Emilia Cruz is a nurse who jumped at the chance to help distribute the vaccine

Bayonne is honoring a local registered nurse for her efforts volunteering to help the city administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible residents. Mayor James Davis announced that the County of Hudson and the City of Bayonne are honoring Emilia Cruz for her service as volunteer vaccinator at Bayonne Medical Center.

“Emilia Cruz called the City Hall nurses in the very start of the COVID vaccination clinic to offer her assistance on her time off to volunteer giving vaccines to Bayonne residents,” Davis said. “She works just about every day she has off helping in the clinic, putting her expertise to work for the people of Bayonne. Emilia is truly worthy of being honored.”

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Honoring local women

Davis continued: “For Women’s History Month, the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs sought an honoree from each municipality who has served on the front lines of service during the Coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to Emilia’s efforts, numerous Bayonne residents will be protected from the virus.”

Cruz is a long-time Bayonne resident who has been a nurse for more than thirty years. Originally from the Philippines, Cruz has been at Bayonne Medical Center for over twenty years.

According to Davis, Cruz has spent many years in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and serves currently as a Recovery Nurse at Bayonne Medical Center.  Cruz is a single mother of three children.  She is known for helping her fellow nurses and mentoring younger colleagues.

Cruz will be featured in a video with other honorees from around Hudson County.

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