Bayonne is ready to vaccinate the general public, now that everyone over 16 became eligible in New Jersey on April 19, according to Mayor James Davis.
In the leadup to the expansion, the city has expanded its vaccination program to include a new, larger site at the Korpi Ice Rink behind Bayonne High School. Davis said the new site allows the city to vaccinate hundreds of more residents each day.
Davis encourages residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the ice rink. He said the site has an efficient and streamlined process to get the vaccine “with as little disruption to your day as possible.”
The site at the Bayonne Community Museum will not be taking new appointments. But residents who received their first shots at the museum are still scheduled to get their second doses at that site.
The city is currently using the Moderna vaccine at this site and at Bayonne Medical Center. If the city does get the Pfizer vaccine, it’s equipped to handle that vaccine as well.
Earlier in the week, the city announced it would temporarily pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The move came after New Jersey ordered the temporary pause in the use of all J&J vaccines in the state, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. Hudson County has paused administering the J&J vaccine out of an abundance of caution.
According to Davis, the city isn’t getting rid of its J&J doses. Once the state authorizes the use of that vaccine again, the city will begin to use its supply.
The ‘new normal’
As the vaccine rollout continues, Davis said the city is closer to getting back to where it was pre-pandemic.
“Over the next few weeks, more and more openings will occur,” Davis said. “We have been through a lot over these last thirteen months, and each day we get closer and closer to returning to normal.
Davis thanked residents for their cooperation and willingness to get vaccinated: “Your partnership throughout this ordeal has made us stronger and more resilient.”
Meanwhile, the number of active COVID-19 cases hasn’t budged much since March. According to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management, there were approximately 130 active COVID-19 cases as of April 15. The last time OEM released statistics, more than a month ago on March 4, the number of active cases was the same.
The number of hospitalizations is low, as most residents recover at home. There were 11 COVID-19 patients at Bayonne Medical Center as of April 15. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in other hospitals.
Davis reiterated that a COVID-19 drive-thru and walk-up testing site is still operating in the parking lot behind Don Ahern Veterans Stadium near the foot of West 25th Street, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, testing will be from 1 to 7 p.m.; on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointments needed. For more information, go to immcare.com.
Residents are urged to continue to wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene.
The vaccine is being administered at Bayonne Medical Center, the RWJBarnabas Satellite Emergency Department on Broadway, the Hudson County Vaccination Distribution Center, and to residents in senior housing buildings. Pharmacies and other companies have been offering the vaccine at private sites. Riverside Medical Group, Walmart, Stop & Shop, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Hudacko’s Pharmacy and Brockman’s Pharmacy offer the vaccine in Bayonne.
Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Korpi Ice Rink. To register, call 201-537-4818 and schedule an appointment.
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, 8 a.m. to 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.
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. Register at any of the Walgreens in Bayonne at walgreens.com.
Register at Hudacko’s Pharmacy at 861 Broadway at hudackospharmacy.com. Register at Brockman’s Pharmacy at 78 Avenue C by calling 201-437-2175.
Residents must get their second doses at the same location as their first.
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