Mayor James Davis is urging eligible Bayonne residents to get their booster shot or third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Now that boosters or third shots are authorized, we urge everyone to stop by the ice rink to make sure you are protected for the upcoming winter months,” Davis said.
The city is offering Pfizer vaccines on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Moderna vaccines 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.
Boosters versus third doses
Booster shots and third doses of each vaccine are available on each of the days. Those eligible for boosters include anyone 65 years and older, long term care residents, or those 18 years and older with underlying health conditions or workplace exposure who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines at least six months ago.
According to the New Jersey Department of Health, those who are eligible for a third dose are anyone who has received two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least 28 days ago and is moderately to severely immunocompromised. For a full list of eligibility, go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html.
Third doses aim to help protect those who did not build enough protection with a two-dose vaccination, while booster shots aim to help protect those with healthy immune systems whose protection has decreased over time. The main difference between the two is the dosage of the shot.
Residents get the jab
According to Davis, many residents are taking advantage of the site for boosters, with over 300 doses of the Moderna booster administered on Oct. 27 alone.
“Thank you to everyone who continues to protect themselves from this virus,” Davis said.
Getting vaccinated remains the best way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and even death from COVID-19, according to Davis. This is key as cases fluctuate ahead of the winter.
As of Oct. 28, there were 30 active cases of COVID-19 in Bayonne, up from 22 as of Oct. 21. There are no hospitalizations as Bayonne Medical Center as of Oct. 28, down from 4 as of Oct. 21.
“These are very positive data points and are due to the great cooperation we’ve had in this city since the beginning of the pandemic,” Davis said.
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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