As Bayonne’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, Mayor James Davis is urging eligible residents to register to get vaccinated. Davis said his administration and the city council have been “laser-focused” on the vaccine rollout since January, vaccinating as many residents as the dosage allotment allows each week.
Eligible residents getting inoculated
The vaccine is being administered at Bayonne Medical Center, the RWJBarnabas Satellite Emergency Department on Broadway, the Hudson County Vaccination Distribution Center, and to 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 offer the vaccine at their Bayonne locations.
Davis reminded residents that a second city-ran vaccination site, operated in conjunction with Mobile Health, opened at the Bayonne Community Museum on March 17. He said he was proud to see hundreds of more residents getting vaccinated each week at new site.
Between this site, and all the other sites in the city, many thousands of residents have been successfully vaccinated, Davis said. As of March 19, fifteen percent of Bayonne residents have been fully vaccinated.
“I’ve been seeing the statistics that show Bayonne has a higher percentage of our eligible residents vaccinated that many other cities of comparable size,” Davis said. “It feels very good to hear from people around the state that compliment Bayonne on our vaccine program.”
Davis continued, speaking directly to residents of Bayonne: “This success is due to the great people of our city starting with you. You are educated, informed, and cooperating with the many people we have working behind the scenes to make this unprecedented effort the incredible success that it has been.”
As the list of those eligible to get vaccinated continues to expand, Davis is encouraging residents to get register for an appointment to get vaccinated.
“The more people that get vaccinated, the more that will help us get back to normal quicker,” Davis said.
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.
“Now that we know that school will reopen in some form on May third, and we see many of our restrictions are being loosened, we are holding hope for a return to normal sometime very soon,” Davis said.
Davis urged residents waiting to become eligible and eligible residents waiting to hear back from the city to schedule an appointment to be patient. He said that city schedulers will call registered residents eventually to set up a vaccine appointment at either Bayonne Medical Center or the RWJBarnabas Satellite Emergency Department on Broadway. Those seeking to get vaccinated at the Bayonne Community Museum must register separately from the city.
In the meantime, Davis urged residents to continue to practice safety measures including wearing masks, social distancing, and practicing good hygiene.
“The Bayonne spirit is doing great,” Davis said.
Register for an appointment
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 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 make an appointment. Do not call or email the city multiple times about registering because it hampers vaccination efforts.
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.
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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