The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which was previously only authorized for emergency use, and Bayonne Mayor James Davis continues to urge residents to get vaccinated.
In a weekly COVID-19 video update last week, Davis gave impassioned pleas to the unvaccinated population in the city to get the jab amid the surge of virus cases due to the Delta variant. As of Aug. 19, there were 66 active cases and 2 hospitalizations.
“We are experiencing an uptick in coronavirus cases due to the Delta variant,” Davis said. “I talk to hundreds of people each day, and for the most part, people understand the seriousness of this virus and the importance of being vaccinated.”
However, there are some people who continue to have various theories on why the vaccine isn’t safe, Davis said.
“Every single doctor, nurse and health professional that I speak with all tell me the same thing,” Davis said. “The vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself from getting seriously ill, becoming hospitalized, or even death.”
Davis conceded that the messaging sometimes from the the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other levels of government haven’t been consistent.
“And that is what some people are clinging to, saying the vaccine isn’t safe,” Davis said. “I can assure you that thinking is flawed.”
Mayor says he is vaccinated
Davis said he would never ask someone to do something he would not do.
“I received the vaccine as soon I was eligible,” Davis said. “My parents, my wife and my children have received this vaccine.”
The good news is that the city is closing in on nearly 80 percent of the adult population receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.
“I will continue to urge the other twenty percent to please get vaccinated,” Davis said. “It could very well save your life.”
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. 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.
“You can go there for your first, second, or third dose of the vaccine,” Davis said.
Third doses available
Recently, the FDA and CDC authorized a third dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to the immuno-compromised population who have had two doses. The idea is this population would benefit from the additional dose that could prevent serious and possibly life-threatening cases amid the Delta surge.
A full list of eligible conditions is at www.cdc.gov. Those eligible must wait four weeks after their second dose before getting their third and must get the same vaccine as the first two doses.
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.
“Get the vaccine, to protect yourself and your entire family,” Davis said.
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