Over 35 percent of Secaucus residents are fully vaccinated

Mayor Michael Gonnelli said more things are returning to normal

Many doses have been distributed to residents of the town's senior buildings.
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Many doses have been distributed to residents of the town's senior buildings.

More than a third of Secaucus residents over the age of 16 have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Mayor Michael Gonnelli.

“I am happy to announce that as of April 19th, 35 percent of Secaucus adult residents have been vaccinated,” Gonnelli said in a May newsletter to residents. “That is impressive indeed, but we still have work to do! I thank all residents who have made efforts to secure a vaccination appointment and took the time to ensure the continued safety of families, friends and our community.”

According to census data, Secaucus had a population of approximately 21,893 in 2019, meaning that the roughly 35 percent of adults fully vaccinated is around 7,663.

Get vaccinated

“For all those who wish to be vaccinated, please know that there are vaccinations available right here in Secaucus,” Gonnelli said.

The town’s vaccination point of distribution is at the Recreation Center at 1200 Koelle Boulevard. The site is open to Secaucus residents as well as those working in town. Appointments are required and can be made at secaucusnj.gov/vaccine or 201-330-2007.

Recently, the town began offering the vaccine at a second site at Hudson Regional Hospital (HRH). Vaccinations at HRH are by appointment only to qualified Secaucus residents who register through the town’s COVID-19 vaccination representative.

Residents should email their names, phone numbers and Secaucus addresses to secaucushrh@secaucus.net. Appointments for both shots will be booked upon registration. Non-Secaucus residents can email mflynn@hudsonregionalhospital.com to be added to the waiting list.

Hopeful for the months ahead

“The Town Council and I are excited about the next few months as we work to Restart Secaucus,” Gonnelli said. “We are doing all we can to support local businesses. Our recreation programs, Town facilities, and events around Town are steadily coming back to normal.”

The Secaucus Senior Center and Tot Center at 145 Front Street are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Teen Center at 150 Plaza Center reopened on May 11. For hours, go to secaucusnj.gov.

Masks are required; capacity limits and other restrictions may apply. For more information and to reserve a space, call the Secaucus Social Services Department at 201-330-2014.

Plans to reopen the Teen Center at 150 Plaza Drive are in the works. Those details will be announced soon. For hours, call the Recreation Department at 201-330-2011.

“Don’t miss the Annual Memorial Day Parade that kicks off at noon from Trolley Park on Saturday, May 22,” Gonnelli said. “And I’m looking forward to one of my favorites—the summer concert series!”

Planning for these and other annual town events is in full swing, according to Gonnelli. He added that spring sports programs for young residents have started with “robust participation.”

“The next few months hold so much promise,” Gonnelli said. “At the same time, let’s continue to follow all recommended measures to keep people around us safe and healthy. Let’s work together to Restart Secaucus.”

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