Jersey City opens new vaccine site; offers vaccine to youth

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Jersey City’s newest city-run vaccination site opened May 13 at 10 a.m. at the Maureen Collier Senior Center in Ward B with 6,000 Pfizer vaccines available to residents, students, and workers in Jersey City ages 12 and up.

This comes as the federal government expands age eligibility to include 12- to 15-year-olds.

Per federal guidelines, guardian consent is required for anyone under 18 years old.

Vaccine appointments can be made online or through the City’s call center at (201) 373-2316, and walk-ins are welcome.  

“We’re seeing our infection rates drop to some of the lowest levels in over a year, all as a result of people getting vaccinated,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “We are prepared to open this new walk-in Pfizer site just hours after the CDC approved the age expansion because we are constantly working to be proactive and expand our efforts to make sure everyone eligible has access to a vaccine.”

The Maureen Collier Senior Center, at 335 Bergen Ave, will be open as a vaccination site Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This weekend the Collier Center will be open on Saturday, May 15. 

Beginning Monday, May 17, the Ferris High School vaccination site will also offer Pfizer.

The Ferris site is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

According to the city, unaccompanied minors can still get vaccinated but they must bring an informed consent form signed by a parent or guardian.  The form can be downloaded here.

“As we get more vaccine allotments, we’ve been able to significantly expand our efforts to reach every population within our diverse City, and we have no intention of slowing down,” said Stacey Flanagan, director of Jersey City’s Department of Health and Human Services. “In fact, despite a nationwide decrease in vaccine demand, Jersey City has maintained zero percent waste as a result of our aggressive outreach efforts.” 

To date, Jersey City has administered nearly 200,000 vaccines.

The city-run vaccine operations are expanding to accommodate more people, with eight sites, extended operating hours, a Mobile Unit, walk-in availability, and popup sites targeting hard-to-reach populations.

For more information about vaccine sites throughout Jersey City and Hudson County, visit www.jcnj.org/vaccine or www.bespokehealthco.com.