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County’s Vaccine Task Force to begin pediatric vaccinations for newly eligible

Those younger than 5 years old up to six months old can now get the jab

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise (left) and Carrie Nawrocki (right) at the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center in Kearny.

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and the Hudson County Vaccine Task Force have announced that they are ready to begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines to children ages six months and up beginning Wednesday, June 21.

The move follows the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 18 to expand vaccine eligibility to children 5 years and younger. Parents in Hudson County can begin registering for an appointment today, June 21, and county officials urge them to make sure that all eligible members of their families get vaccinated as soon as possible.

To make an appointment or obtain additional information, including the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center’s hours of operation, visit the vaccine task force’s website at hudsoncovidvax.org. Walk-in vaccinations will also be available.

“The CDC’s approval of vaccines for children six months and older is a huge step forward in our fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep Hudson County healthy,” said DeGise. “Our Vaccine Task Force has had great success in getting older kids vaccinated, and we are ready to hit the ground running to make sure that we are able to vaccinate as many children in this newly eligible age group as possible.”

County officials are urging parents of kids six months and older to bring them in as soon as possible to get vaccinated, and to get boosted themselves if they haven’t done so.

“It is so important that parents of newly eligible children bring them in to get vaccinated,” said Carrie Nawrocki, Executive Director of Hudson Regional Health Commission. “As Hudson County continues to work to make the transition back to in-person learning and work, getting our community’s young people protected will make a big difference in ensuring that we are able to keep everyone healthy and stop the spread of COVID-19.”

The Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center 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. The center is located at the USS Juneau Center at 110 Hackensack Avenue in Kearny.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com. 

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