Hudson County is first in NJ for vaccinating 12- to 17-year-olds

The county boasts a 83 percent vaccination rate

Residents 12 and older in North Bergen began being vaccinated in May, following Pfizer's emergency use authorization extending to those under age 16.
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Residents 12 and older in North Bergen began being vaccinated in May, following Pfizer's emergency use authorization extending to those under age 16.

Hudson County ranks first in the state for the vaccination rate among 12- to 17-year-olds, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise announced. That number is 83 percent.

Hudson County is now third in the state in its one-dose vaccination rate at 87 percent, trailing only Morris and Somerset counties.

These numbers aim to ensure the safety of students, teachers, and staff as the school year begins in person, allowing parents to return to work and the region’s economy to continue its recovery, according to DeGise.

“Ensuring that our kids can go back to school safely has been one of our highest priorities, and our team has worked tirelessly since 12- to 17-year-olds became eligible for the vaccine to reach this point,” he said. “A great deal of the credit goes to our amazing team at the Hudson County Vaccine Task Force, and to school administrators, parents, and local health officials who have been so dedicated to making sure that we’re able to vaccinate as many young people as possible and keep our communities safe.”

In his daily COVID-19 briefing on Sept. 29, Gov. Phil Murphy commended Hudson County for its “great work” with youth vaccination.

The Hudson County Vaccine Task Force partners with schools in their efforts to increase vaccination rates among teenagers, working with superintendents, and coordinating vaccination clinics at several schools as part of the “Vax to School” campaign.

“I am so proud of our team and of all of Hudson County’s residents,” said Carrie Nawrocki, Executive Director of the Hudson Regional Health Commission. “We have been relentless in our work to ensure that everyone has access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, and that work is certainly paying off. I also want to give special thanks to all of the parents in Hudson County who have stepped up and made sure that their children are vaccinated in time for the start of the school year.”

The Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center in Kearny continues to offer free vaccines and booster shots to those eligible, with no appointment necessary. DeGise urges anyone who has yet to get a vaccine to do so today. More information about the Center’s hours can be found at hudsoncovidvax.org.

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