Bayonne is readying to vaccinate residents age 12 and over, according to Mayor James Davis. The Food and Drug Administration is set to approve the Pfizer vaccine for this age group soon.
“We are seeing great progress with our vaccine program in Bayonne,” Davis said. “We hope to announce availability of the Pfizer vaccine to anyone over the age of 12 very soon.”
Davis urges residents to go to the Korpi Ice Rink any day of the week to get vaccinated.
Residents can now walk in at the ice rink behind Bayonne High School at 669 Avenue A, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are no longer needed.
Prior to the opening of the rink site, the city had been administering vaccines at Bayonne Medical Center and the Bayonne Community Museum. Second vaccine doses have ended at the museum. New appointments have ceased.
According to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM), over 30,000 residents are fully vaccinated.
The city has been using Moderna, which is safe for anyone over 18, and has also been using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine since the pause was lifted on April 23. Bayonne started administering Pfizer on May 3.
There were 45 residents who are COVID-19 positive, as of May 6. According to OEM, “the numbers are trending down.” The numbers have fallen dramatically, from 130 active cases as of April 29. Prior to that, cases had been stagnant since March.
The number of hospitalizations remains low, as most residents recover at home. There were seven COVID-19 patients at BMC as of May 6. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in other hospitals.
“These decreasing numbers are a great sign that we are on the road back,” Davis said. “In order to keep this momentum, I am urging everyone who is undecided to please get the vaccine. It is safe and it will protect you.
“Schools are open, and businesses are reopening and coming back,” he continued. “This is because of the great cooperation of all of you. I want to express my deepest thanks to you for your patience and cooperation.
Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Korpi Ice Rink. To register, call 201-537-4818. Walk-ins get vaccinated here, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with no appointment needed.
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.
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 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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