Fire Chief Keith Weaver delivered the weekly COVID-19 video update on behalf of Mayor James Davis. As of May 27, Weaver said 61 percent of residents over the age of 18 are fully vaccinated, and 45 percent of all residents over 12 are fully vaccinated.
“55,524 doses have been administered to residents, which equates to 61 percent of the population having received at least one dose of the vaccine,” Weaver said.
Ice rink distribution center
The city of Bayonne has been conducting a very aggressive vaccination plan, according to Weaver, with doses available each week to residents at the Korpi Ice Rink.
The Pfizer vaccine is administered Tuesdays and Thursdays at the ice rink. The Moderna vaccine will be administered to residents 18 and over on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Anyone under 18 must have their parent’s or guardian’s permission.
Residents can walk in at the ice rink behind Bayonne High School at 669 Avenue A, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments are not needed but can be made between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
More reopening ahead
“[May 27] marks the last day for most of the stringent safety restrictions put into place by the state of New Jersey for most of this health emergency,” Weaver said. “We return to a more normal state for vaccinated residents as masking, social distancing, and gathering regulations are all being amended.”
As of May 28, fully vaccinated residents no longer have to wear masks, social distance or limit the size of public gatherings.
“I would offer precaution, however,” Weaver said. “Please use common sense in your activities, as good hygiene and clean hands can go a long way in preventing coronavirus as well as many other illnesses.”
COVID by the numbers
Due to the significant drop in coronavirus cases, the COVID-19 testing that has been taking place at Veterans Stadium is ending on May 30.
COVID-19 cases continue to decline after having plummeted dramatically in early May. There were 9 residents COVID-19 positive as of May 27. According to OEM, “the numbers are trending down,” decreasing from 20 last week.
The number of hospitalizations remains low, as most residents recover at home. There were two COVID-19 patients at BMC as of May 27. OEM does not have data on Bayonne residents in other hospitals.
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.
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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