Menendez applauds boost in vaccines to Hudson County

Senator called for Gov. Murphy to increase doses to county as vaccine rate lagged far behind rest of state

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez
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U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez has applauded Governor Phil Murphy for answering his call to significantly increase COVID-19 vaccines allocated to Hudson County.

According to news reports, Hudson County is expecting to receive nearly 21,000 doses this week, its largest allocation to date. Sen. Menendez urged the state last month to increase its vaccine rollout in the county, where the vaccination rate was dead last at just 16 doses administered per 100 residents.

β€œI appreciate the great work by Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health for responding quickly to significantly increase Hudson County’s vaccine allotment,” said Sen. Menendez. “The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color and as one of the most diverse and populous counties in New Jersey, Hudson County needs its fair share in vaccines.

“This increase in allotment will ensure minority communities across Hudson County have equitable access to the vaccine and will bring our state closer to safely and fully reopening our schools and businesses.

β€œI applaud Governor Murphy’s leadership throughout this entire pandemic and I look forward to our continued partnership on behalf of New Jersey’s families.”