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County executive urges eligible children to get COVID-19 booster vaccine

Those 12 and up are now eligible to get the booster dose

The county distributes vaccine in Kearny at the USS Juneau Center.

The Hudson County Vaccine Task Force began distributing booster shots to children ages 12 and up on Jan. 6, according to Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise.

This is the first day that the new age group has become eligible. County officials urge parents to make sure that all eligible members of their families get their booster shot as soon as possible to stop the spread of the Omicron variant, and protect themselves from serious illness.

“We are ready to hit the ground running and begin distributing booster shots to kids 12 and older,” said DeGise. “Our Vaccine Task Force has already seen incredible success, including success in getting kids vaccinated. Hudson County has the highest rate in the state for ages 12 to 17, at 91 percent. We’re committed to continuing to make sure anyone eligible to receive a booster can access one immediately. Let’s get our kids boosted and back out there being kids!”

As the surge in Omicron cases continues, county officials encourage anyone who is eligible to get their booster shot to do so, as it both significantly reduces the chance of transmission, and lessens the symptoms if someone is infected with the Omicron variant.

“Getting your booster shot is absolutely imperative,” said Carrie Nawrocki, executive director of Hudson Regional Health Commission. “More and more we’re seeing what a difference this additional dose makes in protecting people from COVID infection, and far lessening the severity of your symptoms if you get a breakthrough case. Hudson County is ready to begin vaccinating this newly eligible group today, and we encourage parents and their eligible children to visit one of our vaccination sites as soon as they can.”

The county is also continuing to offer free vaccines and booster shots to all eligible groups at the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center in Kearny, and recommends that anyone who hasn’t yet been vaccinated do so.

In addition to offering booster doses to children ages 12 and over at the Vaccine Distribution Center, the County Vaccine Task Force is offering booster shots to children ages 12 to 17 on Jan. 6 at the mobile site in Union City at 324 43rd St.

Additional information, including the County Distribution Center’s hours of operation can be found at their website.

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