JERSEY CITY, NJ -- New Jersey is expected to receive its first batch of 130,000 COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccines toward the end of December, Governor Phil Murphy announced Friday. The state expects to have a total of 400,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine available for New Jerseyans quickly thereafter.  

Though the first doses are likely to be reserved for healthcare workers and others on the frontline, when the time comes, using the same model of coordination and strategic outreach, it has since the pandemic began, Hudson County will be prepared to get residents vaccinated, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise told TAPinto. 

"Since March we have coordinated closely with federal and state officials to secure the relief our residents have needed to make it through the pandemic, and our efforts have only been made successful through the leadership of our counterparts at the local level," DeGise said. "As challenging as setting up testing, distributing masks, and keeping businesses afloat has been we know that getting Hudson County vaccinated will require our greatest effort yet."

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"That being said," DeGise concluded, "I know that our team, working together as one Hudson County, with the help and support of the residents we serve, will again rise to the challenge, facing this monster head on, and win the war against COVID-19."

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