Hoboken To Open COVID-19 Vaccine List To Those With Conditions

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HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said on Saturday that now that the city has been getting COVID-19 vaccines to its seniors over 65, it will open a new list on Tuesday for Hoboken residents with chronic conditions who are currently eligible.

This past Thursday, the state of New Jersey expanded the list of currently eligible for a vaccine, allowing people over 65 — as well as those with pre-existing conditions like diabetes 2 — to register. The list of those conditions as of Thursday is:

  • Cancer

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

  • Diabetes mellitus, Type 2

  • Down Syndrome

  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies

  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)

  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Smoking

  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus (as above)

(Find the full list on the state website here.)

However, not every vaccination center has enough vaccines right now for everyone who wants one.

Bhalla said in his Nixle alert Saturday that 125 seniors in Hoboken got the vaccine in town Thursday and Friday. He said 1,500 seniors have registered, and the city is sending volunteers to senior housing to register more.

He said the city is trying to get more vaccines, and to give them for more medical providers and pharmacies in town.

Presently, Hoboken residents can also sign up at a Hudson County vaccination center, such as the one in Kearny: COVID.HCNJ.US

The Hoboken registration link for seniors can be found here.

Other eligible Hoboken residents (like health care workers) who want to register to get the vaccine within city limits can find out how to do so here.

Bhalla also said that this past Wednesday, 56 people tested positive for the virus in Hoboken. He said over the past four days, the numbers were:

  • Wednesday: 56

  • Thursday: 28

  • Friday: 33

  • Saturday: 7

That brings the total cases in Hoboken — a mile-square city of 53,000 people — to 2,443 since last March, with 39 fatalities related to the virus.

To read how to get tested, and other updates from the city, check the latest Nixle alert here.

As of Friday, more than 395,000 Americans had died of the virus. (You can see which states had the highest death toll in the past week on this CDC map.)

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This article originally appeared on the Hoboken Patch