Bayonne will soon receive a shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, according to Mayor James Davis.
The city has begun vaccinating the general public when eligibility expanded to include everyone 16 and over on April 19.
In the leadup to the expansion, the city widened its vaccination program to include a new, larger site at the Korpi Ice Rink behind Bayonne High School. Prior to that, the city had been administering vaccines at Bayonne Medical Center and the Bayonne Community Museum.
Davis said the ice rink and hospital sites are operating smoothly. Soon second vaccine doses will be administered to many residents at the museum, but new vaccination appointments at that site have ceased.
30,000 first and second doses
According to Davis, Bayonne has administered nearly 30,000 doses thus far.
“That number is incredible, as it represents so many of you who are committed in helping us get back to normal,” Davis said.
The city has been using Moderna, which is safe for anyone over 18.
Next week, Bayonne will receive doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments will be available starting May 3.
“This marks a change in the way we operate as we can now vaccinate anyone who is 16 and over,” Davis said.
Meanwhile, the city has temporarily paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. According to Davis, the city isn’t discarding J&J doses. Once the state authorizes the use of that vaccine again, the city will begin to use it.
Davis advised residents to check bayonnenj.org or check his social media for vaccine updates.
“Bayonne has really stepped up,” Davis said, thanking residents for their patience and cooperation. “We are working our way back.”
City launches PSA
The city has launched a new video that promotes vaccinations and demonstrates the process at the Korpi Ice Rink.
“It is vitally important for a large majority of our population to get vaccinated, in order to end the Coronavirus crisis,” Davis said. “We made the video to encourage vaccination and to show that the process is simple and convenient.”
In the video, Mayor Davis and City Health Officer Michele O’Reilly discuss the importance of vaccination. Five city officials endorse the vaccine in various languages: City Council Member At-Large Juan Perez in Spanish; Land Use Administrator Alicia Losonczy in Polish; Assistant Comptroller Demyana Youssef in Arabic; Retiree Benefits Coordinator Camille Burgos in Tagalog; and Accounts Payable Clerk Alexander Schenk in German.
They all say, “For you, for me, and for the City of Bayonne, vaccinate.”
Residents are also urged to wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene.
Register for an appointment
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.
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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