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Jersey City and Hoboken push for Covid-19 and Flu vaccinations

"This kind of high activity in late November before even December is really remarkable," said a former medical adviser to the New Jersey Department of Health

The clinics will be offering the updated COVID-19 booster shots as well as flu vaccines. (Shutterstock photo)

As the Covid-19 pandemic enters its third year, medical officials are still seeing daily cases in Jersey City and Hoboken and encouraging residents to get vaccinated for Covid-19 along with influenza as winter approaches.

The “tripledemic,” which medical officials have started calling a cocktail of viruses of Covid-19, Flu, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (a common respiratory virus), has medical officials sounding the alarm to try to  prevent community spread of these viruses and to forestall another wave of infections.

According to a statement to The Hudson Reporter, Jersey City Medical Center is monitoring the development of viral transmission from all three viruses as “uptick in Hudson County cases,” have been reported by the New Jersey Department of Health.

“To see this kind of high activity in late November before even December is really remarkable,” said Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, former medical adviser to the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID-19 response. “Covid-19 basically crowded out all the other viruses,” said Bresnitz.

Flu, COVID-19, and RSV are all respiratory viruses, but there are differences in how they spread, added Bresnitz. He said Covid-19 is primarily transmitted through the air but many of the viruses can also be spread through physical surfaces.

Total Covid-19 Cases: Regional Analysis Data provided by Jersey City, NYC and New Jersey state Department of Health 

In Hudson County alone, an additional 193 confirmed Covid-19 cases have been reported, marking a total of 693 cases in the county according to data provided by the New Jersey Department of Health.

In Jersey City, the number of daily new cases registered is 33,994 compared to last year which had a total number of 27,804 based on numbers compiled by the NJDOH.

This trend also follows the number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients which has increased in the Hudson County region. Deaths have remained at about the same level.

“Although we aren’t seeing rising hospitalizations with the same alarming frequency that we saw during the peak of the pandemic, a spate of rising Covid cases combined with increased flu infections as the weather gets colder is an ongoing concern,” said Dr. Schubert Perotte, who is the active Chairman of Emergency Medicine at the Jersey Medical Center.

In the fourth week of November, The Hudson Reporter found that cases of Influenza increased by 12.8 percent nationwide. As November turned to December, a reported number of 18.2 percent was observed according to the weekly U.S. Surveillance report provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC estimates that, so far this season, there have been at least 6.2 million illnesses, 53,000 hospitalizations, and 2,900 deaths from flu.

In Jersey City, vaccination sites have been set in place for residents to make an appointment. Covid-19 vaccines are no longer covered by the Uninsured program offered by the Health Resources and Services Administration, a federal agency.

To find vaccination sites in Jersey City visit this site.

In Hoboken, the following locations are available for residents to schedule their vaccines according to the Mayor Ravi Bhalla’s Nixle Alert, an advisory alert based on zip codes:

Hudson Regional Health Commission
‍Location:
605 Jackson Street
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 6
Time:  10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.Vaccine offered: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, updated Pfizer and Moderna boosters, seasonal flu vaccine
Ages: All eligible age groups 6 months-old and older, updated boosters (5+), flu vaccines (18 +)
Link for appointments:http://www.hudsoncovidvax.org/
** Children must be accompanied by a guardian **
** Walk-ins accepted**  

Additional available sites can be found here.

Residents will need to book two separate appointments if they want both the flu vaccine and the updated booster.

The City of Hoboken reported a total of 14,334 confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to the Hoboken Health Department.

“Similar to Covid-19, Mayor Bhalla encourages residents to get vaccinated to help prevent severe illness from the flu,” said Marilyn Baer, who is the city’s spokesperson.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Jordan Coll can be reached at jcoll@hudsonreporter.com.

 

 

 

 

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