The COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues in Weehawken, with a number of options for residents to get inoculated, according to a virus update by the township.
The township has been administering doses to eligible residents at a joint site with Union City and the North Hudson Community Action Corp. To register for an appointment, go to northhudsonvax.us/weehawken.
As of March 26, 2,300 eligible residents have been vaccinated through the township’s program, including 60 home bound vaccinations. This figure does not include those vaccinated at other locations.
Those eligible include individuals age 55 and older; individuals age 16 to 54 with certain medical conditions; individuals age 16 to 54 with intellectual and developmental disabilities; childcare workers in licensed and registered settings; clergy; communications, IT, and media workers; educators and staff, including pre-K to 12 and higher education; eldercare and support workers; elections personnel; first responders; healthcare workers and hospitality workers.
Also individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in shelters; judicial system workers; laundry services workers; librarians and library support staff; 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; real estate, building, and home services workers; retail financial institution workers; sanitation workers; social service workers and support staff; transportation workers; utilities workers; and warehousing and logistics workers.
On April 19, all individuals aged 16 and older will be eligible.
Choices, choices, choices
In Weehawken, eligible residents can actually choose what vaccine they want when scheduling an appointment. This week, the township was able provide appointments to residents for three vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson.
Vaccine appointments have been available daily, but fill quickly. Residents are advised to check the township website frequently; more appointments will be added as more vaccines are received.
The township will be hosting more appointments this weekend for all three vaccines. Additional appointments will be available on Saturday and Sunday.
Township officials have been honing in on areas where residents are not registering to get the vaccine. Mayor Richard Turner and Councilman Raul Gonzalez have been going door to door with a team of 12 Department of Public Works employees to register residents in the area of and at the Park Avenue multi-family buildings. As a result, they have registered hundreds of eligible residents.
Weehawken is also looking for medical volunteers to assist at the township’s vaccination site. They are looking for both medical and non-medical volunteers. If interested, visit northhudsonvax.us/volunteer.
Eligible Weehawken residents can also get vaccinated in West New York at the site opened in conjunction with Holy Name Medical Center. The WNY site is located at the Memorial High School gymnasium, at Broadway and 55th Street.
Despite the vaccine rolllout, active virus cases continue to increase in Weehawken. As of April 7, there were 180 active case, 1249 recoveries and 29 deaths.
For more information, residents can check the township’s website at weehawken-nj.us and social media pages.
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