Hudson County launches mobile vaccination unit

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Hudson County launched a new mobile vaccination unit that will serve as a popup clinic in neighborhoods throughout the county.

This new resource will allow the Hudson County Vaccine Task Force to bring the COVID-19 vaccine directly to hard-to-reach communities and host onsite vaccination clinics for local businesses and organizations.

The unit is a small passenger bus that has been repurposed and outfitted to administer vaccines in the back of the vehicle.

“After a long and difficult 15 months, we are finally turning the corner and getting closer every day to ending this pandemic,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “But we need to make it abundantly clear that the progress we have made is the direct result of our aggressive vaccination efforts. Hudson Regional Health Commission has done a tremendous job getting this life saving vaccine into the arms of our residents, and we are all eager to begin using our new mobile unit to build on the progress we have already made.”

According to the state, 60 percent of Hudson County residents over the age of 12 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The latest data is reflective of vaccines administered through May 25.

“In the past two weeks alone, Hudson County has seen a steady increase in residents choosing to be vaccinated,” said Carrie Nawrocki, executive director of Hudson Regional Health Commission. “For us to put the pandemic behind us, though, we need everyone to trust the science and understand these vaccines are safe and effective. Hudson Regional Health Commission remains committed to making vaccines easily accessible in every neighborhood of Hudson County, and we are looking forward to our newest mobile vaccination initiatives.”

The county-run vaccination site at the USS Juneau Center in Kearny continues to operate on a modified schedule with appointments available to students and individuals in need of an evening time slot.

On Thursday, June 3, at Braddock Park in North Bergen the mobile vaccination unit will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The team will administer second doses of Moderna from the mobile clinic on June 6 while offering residents either the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

On Friday, June 4 at the USS Juneau Center the Moderna vaccine will be available between 9:15 a.m. and noon.

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Hudson County is eligible to be vaccinated at the USS Juneau Center at 110 Hackensack Ave. in Kearny or at any of the mobile clinics.

Appointments are not required, but can be scheduled by visiting hudsoncovidvax.org.