Bayonne is administering third doses or booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccines to those who are eligible, according to Mayor James Davis.
“As we continue to receive information on the administration of booster shots, teams at the ice rink will provide those shots too as we remain committed to ensuring the highest level of protection for all of our residents,” Davis said.
Getting vaccinated is key for protection as cases fluctuate in the city. Cases continue to decline, down to 38 as of Sept. 30 from 53 on Sept. 23. Hospitalizations are down to two as of Sept 30 from eight as of Sept. 23. Since the onset of the pandemic, at least 130 residents have died from the virus.
“As Bayonne continues to wrestle with this pandemic, I want to reiterate the importance of getting vaccinated,” Davis said. “As each day passes, medical and scientific proof becomes clearer that the COVID-19 is the best way to protect us from serious illness, hospitalization, and even death.”
Bayonne has administered approximately 82,000 doses. Over 72 percent of the adult population is fully vaccinated.
The city offers Pfizer vaccines on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The first two doses of the Moderna vaccine are 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.
Those who are qualified can get a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine at least four weeks after their second dose. Eligibility for third doses has expanded from just the immunocompromised to now include more at-risk residents, including those age 65 and older, younger adults with underlying health conditions and those in jobs that put them at high risk for COVID-19.
For a full list of eligibility, go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html. The city is awaiting guidance on administering third doses to the rest of the population.
COVID-19 testing is available at the Bayonne Community Museum at 229 Broadway. Both regular and rapid testing are available on Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointment needed.
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