Across Hudson County, municipalities, as well as the county itself, have begun offering third vaccine doses to certain at-risk residents.
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 immuno-compromised people who have had two doses.
The emergency use authorization of both vaccines applies to this population, who would benefit from an additional dose that could prevent serious and possibly life-threatening cases of COVID-19 amid the surge of the Delta variant.
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.
After a third dose, people who are immuno-compromised should continue to follow current prevention measures, including wearing 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.
Jersey City has begun offering third doses for individuals who received their second dose more than 28 days ago.
Individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine can get a third dose as one of the four high schools: Ferris High School, Lincoln High School, Henry Snyder High School and William L. Dickinson High School.
Those who received the Moderna vaccine can get a third dose at the Connors Center, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; PS26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Bethune Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and other mobile vaccine locations.
Individuals should bring their vaccine cards. For more information, call the vaccine hotline at 201-373-2316.
Hoboken has begun providing third doses. Any location that offers the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will provide the doses for those who meet the criteria.
The Hoboken Health Department is partnering to do two walk-in vaccine clinics this week that will include booster shots. The clinics will be at 605 Jackson Street on Tuesday, 3 to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. No appointment or registration is required.
Union City will begin offering third doses to eligible residents starting next week, regardless of insurance or immigration status.
On Tuesdays, the city distributes the Moderna vaccine from 2 to 6 p.m. On Thursdays, it administers the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines from 2 to 7 p.m. And on Fridays, it distributes the Pfizer vaccine from 2 to 6 p.m.
The vaccination site is at Colin Powell School at 1500 New York Avenue. Call 201-348-5757 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also accepted.
According to the North Bergen Health Department, third vaccine doses are now available to residents who are eligible. But they must register for an appointment at northbergenvaccine.org.
Residents will get vaccinated at 9243 Kennedy Boulevard. The site shifted from the Recreation Center this week.
Third doses are currently available to qualifying Weehawken residents. To register, go to northhudsonvax.us. Walk-ins are also encouraged.
The Weehawken vaccine site has recently relocated to the Senior Nutrition Center. While vaccines are distributed here only on Thursdays from 1 to 6:30 p.m., opportunities will likely expand.
West New York
In West New York, eligible residents can get their third doses at the vaccine site at Memorial High School at 5501 Park Ave, by appointment only.
No walk-ins allowed. To register, go online to https://bit.ly/3m6cm9H.
The rest of the county
In Secaucus, third doses are not yet available to eligible residents, but may be in coming weeks.
The county offers third doses at the USS Juneau Center Vaccine Site in Kearny for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. A full list of hours for the site can be found on hudsoncovidvax.org. Appointments are not required.
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