Jersey City expands vaccination efforts

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Mayor Steven Fulop and the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the opening of the city’s sixth vaccination site at 100 Marin Blvd. located near the Marin Boulevard Light Rail Station.

The new vaccination site comes as New Jersey’s eligibility requirements expand to front line workers, including all food and restaurant workers, grocery store workers, porters, hospitality workers, warehouse workers, those in the medical supply chain, and more.

Two of the city-run sites, at 100 Marin Blvd and 28 Paterson St,  will dedicate 1,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines for those interested, prioritizing these front line workers.

“As we saw initially with our testing efforts, the more you increase access to these services, the more people are going to be inclined to get vaccinated, which ultimately increases our safety overall and accelerates our return to normalcy,” said Fulop.

“These front line workers have remained at the forefront throughout this entire pandemic, making sure everyone has had continued access to the vital goods and services our residents rely on. And so now that they are eligible, we want to return the favor and make sure they get the vaccines they need to remain safe at work.”

The Department of Health and Human Services is also operating a Mobile Site that, to date, has served seven onsite senior buildings, 40 homeless, and dozens of home bound residents.

The mobile operations serve to expand outreach into the community with improved direct access for residents, ultimately encouraging more and more people to get vaccinated.

The six vaccination sites are located at the Mary McLeod Bethune Community Center at 140 MLK Drive, the Maureen Collier Senior Center at 335 Bergen Ave., the Joseph Connors Senior Center at 28 Paterson St, 100 Marin Blvd near the light rail station, PS #26 at 164 Laidlaw Ave., and Ferris High School at 35 Colgate St.

“Since last summer, we’ve been planning our comprehensive vaccination program in order to streamline the process for residents, businesses, and the community as a whole to get back on our feet as swiftly as possible,” said HHS Director Stacey Flanagan.  “We are working with Bespoke Health to run and manage the sites and have been successful in having zero waste at any of our sites.”

Starting March 29, the following frontline essential workers are eligible for vaccination:

  • Food production, agriculture, and food distribution
  • Eldercare and support
  • Warehousing and logistics
  • Social services support staff
  • Elections personnel
  • Hospitality
  • Medical supply chain
  • Postal and shipping services
  • Clergy
  • Judicial system

HHS has advised employers of the specific phone number dedicated to the newly eligible front line workers to register for an appointment.  The frontline workers must bring a pay stub to their scheduled appointment.

To make an appointment to get vaccinated at one of the city’s sites call the Appointment Call Center at (201) 373-2316. The call center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..