WAYNE, NJ – In a video posted to the Wayne Township website, Mayor Chris Vergano provided an update on the COVID-19 vaccinations in town, changes in eligibility for receiving vaccines and listed other locations nearby where vaccines are being given.

“I want to give you an update on the changes that were made to the procedure on receiving your vaccination for COVID-19,” Vergano began. “As you know, up until today we've been providing the vaccine to anyone who is in the 1A classification, which includes hospital workers, people who work in doctor’s offices, dental offices, funeral practitioners and a whole bunch of others that are on the list for 1A.”

Vergano then announced that Governor Phil Murphy recently changed the eligibility for vaccinations to include first responders.

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“We thought was a great thing, because they're out there every day,” said Vergano.

Click here for the NJ Department of Health vaccination program

Wayne Township had its second day of providing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday, where more than 300 people received the vaccine.

The Township vaccination program will continue to run on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the old Macy’s in the Preakness Shopping Center, but getting an appointment is difficult because of high demand.

Vergano told residents that on Fridays, the Township will find out how many doses of the vaccines will be distributed to them for the next week.  Once they know this, they will open up appointment times on Friday afternoons.

To make an appointment, residents must pre-register on the Township website here, and you must meet the State’s criteria for receiving the vaccine, or you will NOT be given the vaccine when you show up for your appointment.

To know if you meet the criteria to be in Phase 1A or the modified 1B, click here.

“People, remember what it was like going on the computer trying to get concert tickets?” asked Vergano. “It's going to be basically the same way. Hundreds and hundreds of people will try to get the appointment, and we can only book so many based on the number of vaccines that we have available to us. We have requested 2500 vaccines, and so far, we've only gotten 300 each week.”

Vergano then went over the new criteria that includes phase 1B

“I'm just reading from New Jersey Department of Health bulletin that they put out this afternoon,” he said.

  • Paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients.
  • All residents and staff of long-term and congregate care facilities.
  • Sworn law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders
  • Individuals who are pregnant and those in an immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant are also eligible but should follow CDC guidance and first discuss vaccination with their medical provider before receiving the vaccine.
  • Individuals aged 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus. These conditions include:
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • 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

“We're using the Moderna vaccine which is only available for those that are 18 and older,” explained the Mayor. “So, if your children are between the ages of 16 and 18, they cannot come to the Macy's site, but they go to the other sites to get the Pfizer vaccine.”

Vergano then talked about other locations nearby where eligible people can go for a vaccine.

“Actually, you can go anywhere in the state of New Jersey,” said the Mayor

“Passaic County is running their own program,” he said. “Which runs out of the Department of Health. Passaic county’s next available date is Saturday, January 16th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Department of Health Services Offices, 930 Riverview Dr, suite 250 in Totowa.”

To make an appointment to receive the vaccine from Passaic County, click here.

Passaic County also offers the Moderna vaccine, and has a second site at 18 Clark St, Paterson.

“The Clifton health Department is also doing their own program,” said Vergano. “That's located in Clifton high school and you can call them at 973-470-5800.” Click here for information on Clifton’s vaccine program.

“The next location is the Hudson Community Action Corporation,” he said. “And that's on Passaic street in Passaic.” Click here for their information.

“Paterson Division of Health at International High School,” said Vergano. “That's on grand St in Paterson. Click here for their information

“The ShopRite of Little Falls is also giving the vaccine,” he said. “That's on Browertown Road.  Also, the ShopRite pharmacy in West Milford on 23 Marshall Hill Road.”

“So, anyone who meets the criteria we encourage you to get the vaccine,” The Mayor said. “The more people vaccinated, the better.”

Vergano ended with:

“I just ask everybody to stay calm. We still need to continue to wash our hands. We still need to continue to wear a mask. We still need to continue to maintain social distancing. We still need to stay away from each other because we all know the cases of COVID are slightly on the rise again. We're averaging about 40 new cases a day in the month of January.

If we do get a tremendous number of vaccines, we will be doing it a couple of days a week, and I'll come back to you with another video.

Our website is going to be updated probably by Friday to show all the new criteria because you must certify that you meet the criteria that is required by the state of New Jersey.

We’re all here to help you. If you need any assistance you can call Wayne Township 973-694-1800 you can call my office or the health Department or you can email me at mayor@waynetownship.com”