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Bayonne begins administering COVID-19 vaccines to 5 through 11 year-olds

The city has also expanded its vaccine schedule to offer the Moderna shot on Mondays

An eligible child receives his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the Korpi Ice Rink back in May.

Bayonne has begun administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11, according to Mayor James Davis. The move follows emergency authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for that age group from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Pfizer has been approved for children beginning at the age of five,” Davis said.

Anyone who lives, works, or studies in the city can get the vaccine at the Korpi Ice Rink behind Bayonne High School at 669 Avenue A. The city is administering first and second doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, as well as third doses and booster shots.

Expanded vaccination schedule

Previously, the vaccine was only available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. But due to the increase in demand for vaccinations amid the expanded eligibility, the city has now expanded its schedule to now include Mondays.

“With boosters approved for both Pfizers and Moderna, we have seen quite an increase in people getting vaccinated at the Korpi Ice Rink,” Davis said. “Due to the increases, I have directed our teams to add another day for Moderna. Offering the vaccine four days a week will help ensure you have plenty of options to get vaccinated.”

On Mondays and Wednesdays, the city distributes Moderna vaccines from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Currently, Moderna is only authorized for those 18 and older. On Tuesdays the city distributes Pfizer vaccines from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursdays, the vaccine is administered 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pfizer is currently authorized for everyone age 5 and older.

Residents can walk-in without an appointment. However, residents can make appointments by calling 201-537-4818.

Cases fluctuating; no hospitalizations

As of Nov. 4, there were 51 active virus cases, up from 30 as of Oct. 28. There were zero COVID-related hospitalizations at Bayonne Medical Center as of Nov. 4., the same as of Oct. 28.

“This is our second week of no residents currently admitted to the Bayonne Medical Center due to COVID-19,” Davis said.

And while hospitalizations remain low and active cases fluctuate, Davis said the best way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death is by getting vaccinated.

“Both the vaccine and testing are free to anyone without insurance,” 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.

Boosters versus third doses

The city has also launched another online ad encouraging residents to get their booster shots or third doses. The video breaks down the differences between a booster and a third dose, since there has been a lot of confusion regarding the difference. Boosters are for the general community, while third doses are for the severely immuno-compromised.

Those eligible for a booster include anyone who is 65 and older, anyone 18 and older who lives in long-term care settings, has underlying medical conditions, lives or works in high-risks settings, and has received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine at least six months ago. Those who have received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago are also eligible for a booster of either Moderna or Pfizer. Brands of the vaccine can be safely mixed and matched for the boosters.

For third doses, eligibility includes those who are severely immuno-compromised conditions, including cancer treatment, organ transplant, taking immunosuppressants, stem cell transplant less than two years ago, moderate immunodeficiency, or HIV infection. Brands of the vaccine cannot be mixed and matched for third doses.

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