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Secaucus ceases COVID-19 vaccination clinics

The town has been vaccinating residents in Town Hall recently

The Secaucus vaccine point of distribution in full swing in March of 2021. Photo courtesy of the town.

The Secaucus Vaccination Clinic held it’s last day of vaccinations against COVID-19 on June 27. 

What started in a makeshift trailer outside the Recreation Center on Koelle Boulevard, quickly became a full-fledged operation inside the center. Due to the widespread success of vaccinations efforts in the town, the site downgraded to once-a-week sessions in Town Hall on Paterson Plank Road as new vaccinations slowed and the virus surge subsided.

Since December of 2020, the clinic has administered over 13,000 doses. An overwhelming majority of the population was vaccinated by the town over 125 clinic days, with countless hours of planning, reviewing, and refining the process. 

“We are glad we were able to participate in the process of keeping residents safe and healthy,” Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Town Council said in a statement regarding the announcement.

When the town first announced it would shutter its vaccine clinics, Town Administrator Gary Jeffas said the site closed due to the federal grant used to finance the clinics ends on June 30.

“We could have applied for the grant to continue, but we really could not justify the manpower and the hours,” Jeffas previously said. “We’re down to one vaccination day per week right now, only for a couple of hours. The widespread availability of the vaccines, and the lessening number of people coming to our site, coupled with the grant period coming to end, brought us to the culmination of our clinics.”

The town redirected those still seeking a pediatric or an adult first, second or booster dose, to contract their pediatrician or doctor’s office or another clinic convenient to residents. The town is also pointing people to the North Bergen Vaccine and Resource Center. 

That vaccination center is located at 9243 Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen. Hours of operation ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

All vaccines are available at the North Bergen site. Walk-ins are available, but residents are encouraged to call 201-424-0178 or 201-744-7520 to confirm availability.

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