Secaucus reopens vaccine site at rec center

More residents are seeking vaccines

Secaucus has reopened its COVID-19 vaccine distribution site at the Recreation Center at 1200 Koelle Boulevard, according to Town Administrator Gary Jeffas. The town is shifting operations from Town Hall, where it had been administering vaccines on Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

One reason for the move was scheduling conflicts.

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“We were starting to have conflicts with our municipal court sessions,” Jeffas said. “It was just getting more difficult in the weeks going forward to coordinate use of the space.”

The other was the increase in residents seeking vaccines.

“We were having some more people come in for the third shot,” Jeffas said. “We’ve been having an uptick in the immunocompromised people seeking the third dose, so we felt it was best to make sure we had adequate room.”

More space

The shift back to the Recreation Center from Town Hall ensures there is enough space for social distancing.

“This spreads people out and keeps the operation running smoothly without getting too clogged up,” Jeffas said.

To get a third dose, schedule an appointment with the Health Department at 201-330-2031. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available.

At this time, only those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised are approved to receive a third dose. For a full list of eligible conditions, go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.

Expanding operations

The town is awaiting guidance for third doses for the public. When that happens, vaccine distribution operations at the Recreation Center will likely expand.

“If the government passes the booster shot for everybody who got the first two shots, then obviously we would analyze that and see if we need to then expand the hours like we did in the past to vaccinate more people,” Jeffas said.

For first and second doses, walk-ins are welcome, and no appointments are necessary. Pfizer vaccines are given.

For more information, go to secaucusnj.gov/vaccine.

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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