According to Mayor James Davis, Bayonne has distributed over 20,000 COVID-19 vaccines. Davis said this data includes first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine and single doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“Bayonne is getting vaccinated,” Davis said, noting that 15 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated. “Those numbers represent a community that is looking out for each other. I am very grateful to each of you who are choosing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As more and more of us get protected, it will help us return to normal much quicker.”
The vaccine is being administered at Bayonne Medical Center, Bayonne Community Museum, the RWJBarnabas Satellite Emergency Department on Broadway, the Hudson County Vaccination Distribution Center, and to some in senior housing. Pharmacies and other companies 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 is urging eligible residents to take advantage of the multiple places to get vaccinated. He said he and the city council have been working diligently to secure as many doses as possible, schedule residents and distribute the shots “nonstop.”
“As more vaccine doses come into Bayonne, I urge each of you who are eligible to please get vaccinated,” Davis said. “If you have already been vaccinated, please persuade your friends and relatives to also get vaccinated.”
Starting next week, the city will double the amount of vaccinations that are currently being distributed, Davis said.
A community effort
Almost 10,000 residents have been vaccinated since the first doses of the Moderna vaccine were distributed at Bayonne Medical Center in late December. Recently, the city vaccinated all school employees in the buildup to the district’s transition to hybrid instruction on May 3.
Davis thanked those involved in the local vaccine rollout and attributed its success to their “hard work.”
“There are many people working as a team to inoculate our community,” Davis said. “It makes me very proud to see the hard work, the team work, and the cooperation of so many people working behind the scenes to perform the largest vaccine program ever performed in Bayonne. History will look back at this incredible moment in time and see a city united and working for the common good.”
Since the pandemic began, each week Davis has asked for residents to be patient and thanked them for their cooperation.
“I don’t want anyone to think these are just words,” Davis said. “I am truly grateful we are all in this together. I continue to see many acts of kindness and friendship all over Bayonne. That is because we have that Bayonne spirit.”
Davis urged residents to continue to wear masks, social distance, and practicing good hygiene.
Where to get the vaccine
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. Residents are not eligible to be vaccinated if they have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
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.
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 to make appointments. 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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