North Bergen is urging residents to protect themselves against the Omicron variants of COVID-19 with a bivalent booster shot. These Omicron-specific booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine are available now for free at the North Bergen Vaccine and Resource Center at 9243 Kennedy Boulevard.
The bivalent COVID-19 booster provides protection against the original strain, as well as the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants. According to the township, this update to the booster will help the recipient’s immune system fight off a wider range of variants.
Moderna recipients are eligible at 18 years of age and older Pfizer recipients are eligible at 12 years of age and older. All individuals are eligible two months after their most recent dose.
The resource center does not offer clinics on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Sundays. On Thursdays, vaccines are offered at the Braddock Park Farmer’s Market from 3 to 7 p.m.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, the vaccines are administered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Saturdays, vaccines are administered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Vaccines are free of charge and no appointment or insurance is needed. Homebound vaccinations are also offered.
For more information, go online to northbergenresourcecenter.org. Residents can also call the North Berge Department of Health at 201-424-0178 or 201-744-7520.
COVID-19 vaccine clinics offered at schools
The North Bergen Board of Education, in partnership with the North Bergen Department of Health, is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics at schools across the township.
The clinics run from 6 to 8 p.m. So far, the township has made opportunities to get vaccinated available at North Bergen High School and Lincoln School on Tuesday, September 27, and Horace Mann School and Robert Fulton School on Wednesday, September 28.
The next opportunities for students to get vaccinated will be on Tuesday, October 11 at Franklin School at 5211 Columbia Avenue. After that, the clinics will head to Kennedy School at 1210 11th Street.
Clinics will provide the new bivalent booster shot, regular booster shot, and any dose of the COVID-19 vaccine requested. No appointment or insurance is needed.
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