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BERGEN COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey continued expansion on the number of publicly listed COVID-19 vaccination sites this week, announcing one new site in Bergen County (see the county's list of vaccine sites below).
The state Department of Health announced the opening of a vaccination site at Ridgewood Village Hall this week, making it the latest addition to the growing list. Valley Hospital will assist the village with operations at the site.
"Valley's Department of Health and Community Benefit is partnering with the Ridgewood Dept of Health on these clinics. Our team helps organize and administer the vaccine," said Valley Health spokesperson Maureen Kleinman.
The Richard Rodda Center in Teaneck was added to the list last week, and Holy Name Medical Center staffers have begun giving vaccines. Teaneck officials said 1,000 appointments were available Friday.
Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said the state plans to increase the number of vaccination sites beyond 300. State officials have said the goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population by the spring.
Gov. Phil Murphy also has announced that the state just exceeded 200,000 vaccinations statewide. He also announced that New Jersey has created a county-by-county vaccine hub that reports the number of immunizations across the state.
"We're working strategically and efficiently to vaccinate our frontline health care workers, law enforcement and fire professionals and long-term care center residents and staff," he said.
Murphy was on-hand recently at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center for vaccination efforts at the Annex facility there.
Health officials said not all sites are publicly listed because some are not open to the public, such as prisons and psychiatric hospitals.
Persichilli said New Jersey currently doesn't have a lot of vaccine availability, but she expects that to change soon. The incoming Biden presidential administration has said that it plans to greatly expand the number of vaccine doses available to the American public.
New Jersey recently expanded the list of eligible people, allowing police and fire professionals and people older than 65 to get the vaccine. Read more: NJ Expands COVID Vaccine To 65 & Older, Those With Medical Issues
Persichilli said the state has administered at least 36 percent of vaccine doses allocated. Hospitals have administered vaccines at least 50 percent of their health care workers.
Her hope is to continue to expand the number of "mega-sties" in convention centers and large spaces, aiming for 1,000 people vaccinated a day.
You can find out if you qualify by going here: When Can You Get COVID-19 Vaccine In NJ? Here's The New 2021 List
Still, many questions remain about the rollout of vaccine sites, availability and does, namely, when residents can get inoculated themselves. Patch has some answers.
Here are the currently listed public vaccine sites in Bergen County:
223 North Van Dien Ave.
North Hudson Community Action Corporation (Three Locations)
197 S. Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ
535 Midland Ave., Garfield, NJ
25 E. Salem St., Suite 600, Hackensack, NJ
Telephone for all locations — 201-210-0200
Ridgewood Village Hall
131 N. Maple Ave.
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Annex
230 East Ridgewood Avenue
Hackensack Meridian Health System
Holy Name Medical Center
Paramus Board of Health
1 Jockfish Square Paramus, NJ
ShopRite Pharmacy #169
40 Nathaniel Place
Englewood NJ 07631
ShopRite Pharmacy of Rochelle Park
220 West Passaic St. Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
169 Terrace Street
Haworth, NJ 07641