North Bergen launches new vaccine registration website

Those without internet access can register by phone

A resident is vaccinated at the recreation center site on Feb. 16. Photo by Art Schwartz.
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A resident is vaccinated at the recreation center site on Feb. 16. Photo by Art Schwartz.

Eligible North Bergen residents can now use the township’s new online portal to register for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

“The Township Commissioners, the North Bergen Health Department, and I invite eligible North Bergen residents to use our new, convenient online portal to preregister for the COVID-19 vaccine,” Mayor Nicholas Sacco said in a statement.

Access the site at northbergenvaccine.org, operating 24 hours. Once residents sign up, they will be added to a waitlist and notified as soon as an appointment is available for North Bergen residents only.

For problems accessing the portal, for language assistance, or to be put on a waiting list, call 201-392-2084. When an appointment is available, the township will reach out to registered individuals.

Those currently eligible include individuals over the age 65; individuals age 16 to 64 with certain medical conditions; childcare workers in licensed and registered settings; clergy; educators and staff from pre-K to grade 12; eldercare and support workers; elections personnel; first responders; healthcare workers; hospitality workers; individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in shelters; judicial system workers; long-term care and high-risk congregate care facility residents and staff; medical supply chain employees; members of tribal communities; migrant farm workers; postal and shipping service workers; public safety workers; social service workers and support staff; transportation workers; and warehousing and logistics workers.

On April 5, eligibility will expand to include individuals aged 55 and older, additional frontline essential workers, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities age 16 and over. For more information, go to covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine.

Vaccine rollout

The township began vaccinating eligible residents in conjunction with the Health Department at the recreation center at 6300 Meadowview Avenue in early February. Prior to using the site at the recreation center, North Bergen had been administering vaccines at municipal buildings since the first doses of the Moderna vaccine were given to healthcare personnel on Dec. 24.

The township has received a very limited number of vaccines so far, with more expected in the months ahead. Access to the vaccine is expected to expand in the near future depending on state guidance and vaccine supply.

North Bergen has vaccinated most of its teachers ahead of its transition back to classrooms. It’s still not clear if the district will shift to hybrid or full in-person instruction but plans call for students to return on April 19 with details to be determined.

While the vaccine distribution continues, COVID-19 cases in the township continue to increase. As of March 28, there were 11,383 cases in North Bergen.

The township has advised residents to check northbergen.org and social media regularly for COVID-19 and vaccine updates.

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