HUDSON COUNTY, NJ — On Wednesday morning, the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center in Kearny began administering its second round of the COVID-19 vaccines to frontline workers in phase 1A who got the first shot weeks ago.
Roughly 40 frontline healthcare workers in Phase 1A were among those to receive their second doses of the vaccine at the USS Juneau Center on Wednesday, a spokesperson said.
The center had received an additional shipment of 2,000 vaccines as well as the necessary amount of second doses on Tuesday to continue vaccinations for the week.
Those currently eligible for the shot include doctors, nurses, dentists, hygienists, community and public health workers, funeral directors, paid and unpaid Emergency Medical Technicians, uniformed police and firefighters, those working in labs with infectious material, individuals over the age of 65, and those with underlying health conditions.
In total, the county-run site is scheduled to administer nearly 1,000 vaccinations on Wednesday.
“As we begin administering second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, we are once again reaching new milestones in our fight against this virus,” said County Executive Tom DeGise. “The men and women who have been inoculated at our county-run vaccination center are among some of our finest frontline heroes."
He added, "We are continuing to make progress in the right direction and Hudson County will continue its robust vaccination efforts until every eligible resident is vaccinated.”
By the end of Wednesday, the Hudson County Vaccine Task Force, overseen by County Executive Tom DeGise and operated by the Hudson Regional Health Commission, will have vaccinated approximately 4,500 individuals, officials said.
The center, located at 110 Hackensack Avenue in Kearny, is open by appointment only.
For more information or to register and schedule an appointment, visit hudsoncovidvax.org
You can also consider these other vaccine sites in Hudson County.
People can also register at state and local vaccine sites and retail pharmacies listed on the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub.
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Recently, there were 159 long term care facilities with active outbreaks, the state Department of Health said last month. The state announced that deaths at the facilities had more than doubled since May 1.
New Jersey residents became alarmed at the high number of residents who have passed away in nursing homes, rehabs, and similar facilities. The state announced plans in May to increase testing at some long term care facilities.
The state released death toll statistics in spring for long-term care facilities like rehabs and nursing homes. See the list here.
Some New Jersey long-term care facilities reopened for limited visits, with precautions, in July.
Facilities began receiving the coronavirus vaccine in December and January, starting with a long-term care home in Old Bridge in December. Read about one Summit nursing home vaccinating residents and staff here.
Here are statewide coronavirus resources:
NJ COVID-19 Information Hub: https://covid19.nj.gov/
General COVID-19 questions: 2-1-1
NJ COVID-19 hotline: (800) 222-1222
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