Over 70 percent of Hudson County’s population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, making it the first urban county in New Jersey to reach the milestone, according to the county.
The county was among 11 in the state selected for closer monitoring and increased resources by the state in June.
“I’m incredibly proud that Hudson County has reached this milestone and that we can all breathe easier knowing that the vast majority of our neighbors are vaccinated and doing their part to finally beat COVID-19 once and for all,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “This day would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of public health officials throughout the county, from our own Vaccine Task Force to our Mayors and their health officers in all 12 municipalities, to Governor Murphy and state officials who have provided us with the resources to make this happen. We said all along that our model was working and we just needed the doses to get our people vaccinated, and I’m so proud of all of us for making this happen.”
State data also shows that every Hudson County municipality has met the 70 percent goal, with Secaucus leading the way with 90 percent of its residents receiving at least their first doses.
According to the state’s dashboard, only 15 residents in Hudson County tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 11.
Health officials continue to vaccinate residents through a mixture of popup and mobile vaccine events, walk-in sites, and the county’s drive-thru location at the USS Juneau Center.
“Hudson County has made tremendous progress in getting our people vaccinated and this milestrone is proof of how far we have come,” said Carrie Nawrocki, executive director of Hudson Regional Health Commission. “This accomplishment has taken hard work by so many of our public health leaders and elected officials as well as the cooperation of our residents, many of whom overcame initial hesitation to embrace the vaccine as the best way to protect themselves and their families. We will continue working to vaccinate even more residents by meeting them where they are and bringing the vaccine directly into our communities.”
To learn more about how to get vaccinated go to hudsoncovidvax.org.