Immuno-compromised residents can get a third vaccine dose

Residents can get the jab at the Korpi Ice Rink at Bayonne High School

Bayonne is offering a third virus vaccine dose to certain at-risk residents, according to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Those who are moderately to severely immuno-compromised are eligible.

The move comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) authorized a third dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to the immuno-compromised population who have had two doses. The emergency use authorizations of both vaccines applies to this population, who would benefit from the additional dose that could prevent serious and possibly life-threatening cases of COVID-19 amid the surge of the Delta variant.

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This includes patients in active cancer treatment; those with uncontrolled HIV; organ or stem cell recipients; those taking medications that would weaken their immune systems such as chemotherapy or anti-rejection medication after a transplant; and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs such as Infliximab.

A full list of eligible conditions is at www.cdc.gov.

Getting the third dose

Those eligible must wait four weeks after their second dose. According to OEM, it’s recommended that residents get the same vaccine as the first two doses.

Bayonne offers Pfizer vaccines on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Moderna vaccine is available on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., OEM said. Residents do not need appointments, and can walk in to the vaccine distribution site at the Korpi Ice Rink at Bayonne High School at 669 Avenue A.

After a third dose, people who are immuno-compromised should continue to follow current prevention measures, including wear masks, social distancing, and avoiding crowds and poorly-ventilated indoor spaces, according to the CDC.

The CDC does not recommend additional doses for any other populations at this time. The FDA does not have sufficient data to recommend an additional dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine nor to allow those who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be given an additional shot of either Pfizer or Moderna.

Delta variant surges

The move comes amid the surge of new COVID-19 cases in the city, mostly due to the Delta variant and unvaccinated residents.

“The uptick of COVID-19 continues in Bayonne,” Davis said. “We are seeing our local numbers rise slightly, week over week.”

As of Aug. 12, Bayonne had 65 active COVID-19 cases and one hospitalization at Bayonne Medical Center.

“The reason we maintain low hospitalizations in this city is due to the high number of residents who continue to get vaccinated,” Davis said.

According to Davis, over 74,000 doses have been distributed in the city, equating to at least 76 percent of adults who have received one vaccine dose and 66 percent of adults who have received two doses.

“Getting the vaccine is the best chance to keep us from getting seriously ill should we contract the virus,” Davis said. “Go get the vaccine. Regardless of differing opinions, the science is clear: the vaccine will keep us safe.”

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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