Crew members aboard vessel docked at IMTT get vaccinated

Program serves crews on international ships

The city vaccinated the crew of the vessel Fortitude docked at IMTT.
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The city vaccinated the crew of the vessel Fortitude docked at IMTT.

As Bayonne continues to vaccinate eligible residents, the program has expanded to include those aboard foreign vessels, according to Mayor James Davis.

In the weekly COVID-19 video update, Davis announced that he agreed to enter the city into a program which would vaccinate international crewmembers on ships docked in Bayonne.

The first crew was vaccinated on June 12. A vaccination team from the city boarded the vessel Fortitude, docked at International-Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT). The 23 recipients had been at sea “for many months.”

Vaccine rollout continues

As of June 17, the city had administered approximately 61,997 vaccinations. This equates to 66 percent of the adult population receiving at least one dose.

Residents can walk in to Korpi 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.

The Pfizer vaccine is administered Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Moderna vaccine will be administered to residents 18 and over on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Anyone under 18 must have their parents’ or guardians’ permission.

Mobile vaccination sites

The city has deployed mobile vaccination sites at an array of places, primarily senior housing, public housing, other congregate housing, and miscellaneous sites such as the Bayonne Farmers Market.

Davis said that to date, teams have also vaccinated dozens of homebound residents.

As of June 17, there were 11 active cases, down from being in the “single digits” as of June 10, according to Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM). It has not listed how many patients were at Bayonne Medical Center, but there were zero as of June 10, according to OEM.

End of the pandemic?

“We are just about out of this,” Davis said. “Our lives are going to return to normal.”

And while the Public Health Emergency is ending soon, Davis said the local State of Emergency will remain in effect throughout the rest of 2021.

In the meantime, he asked residents to use caution and common sense.

Where to get vaccinated

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 bayvax@baynj.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.

To register at the RWJBarnabas Satellite Emergency Department at 519 Broadway, go to rwjbh.org. To register at Riverside Medical Group at 432 Broadway, go to riversidemedgroup.com.

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.

To register at the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center, go to hudsoncovidvax.org. To register at one of the state’s vaccination mega-sites go to covidvaccine.nj.gov.

Residents must get their second doses at the same location as their first.

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