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How to get the COVID-19 vaccine in North Bergen

The township has vaccinated more than 1,800 eligible residents so far

A North Bergen resident is administered the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 16. Photo by Art Schwartz.

Eligible North Bergen residents can get vaccinated at the recreation center at 6300 Meadowview Avenue. To register, call 201-392-2084. When an appointment is available, the township will reach out to registered individuals.

The vaccine distribution site was set up nearly two weeks ago. Vaccinations had been administered at municipal buildings since the first doses of the Moderna vaccine were given to healthcare personnel on Dec. 24.

The Health Department is receiving only about 400 doses per week. As of Feb. 14, about 1,800 first doses had been administered and 360 second doses. 

Recipients must receive the doses 28 days apart. According to the township, more than 500 residents are on the waiting list.

Increasing supply

“Ever since vaccines were approved by the federal government, the township of North Bergen has been pushing to secure our own supply of the vaccination,” said Mayor Nicholas Sacco. “Thanks to the efforts made by our Health Department and Township administration, we have been able to do secure a steady supply and have been providing approximately 400 weekly vaccines to eligible personnel in our community. We are still working tirelessly to increase our supply and expand our vaccination operations.”

The vaccines are being distributed immediately to residents who qualify according to the state’s regulations. Currently eligible are healthcare personnel, first responders and individuals at high risk, including residents over age 65 and those under age 65 with medical conditions.

The township has increased capacity as the state provides more doses. According to the township, the distribution site can administer at least twice as many vaccines as soon as the state increases its allotment.

Qualified residents can put their names on a waiting list by calling the Health Department at 201-392-2084. The township has offered a phone number to accommodate residents without the internet, including seniors and Spanish speaking residents.

“In the upcoming days we will be launching an online portal for residents to register,” Sacco said. “Those residents with no internet access can still call our Health Department at 201-392-2084 to be placed on the waiting list.”

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