BAYONNE, NJ - Bennett Klausner and his wife Susan may not have felt as lucky as they did when they came when they came close to winning the lottery in 1988, but getting a ride from Mayor Jimmy Davis to the Bayonne Medical Center to get their vaccine last week may be just as big a victory.

The couple were scheduled for their appointments on Feb. 19 but feared inclement weather might prevent them from getting to the hospital. Both are in their 80s and so qualified under Phase I to get their shots. Susan called Bayonne City Hall and Mayor Davis showed up to give them a ride.

Davis had fond memories of the Klausner family, having frequently gone to Bennett’s father’s store as a kid. “Ben’s dad, Sam Klausner, was the owner of Sam’s Confectionery on 4th Street and JFK,” Davis wrote on a Facebook Post this week. “As a young boy growing up downtown, many of us spent quite a bit of time in Sam’s store learning how to play pinball and drinking Cherry Coke.”

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“Bayonne has many families whose lives intersect, and these stories are part of who we are.”

Davis said it has been a priority of his Administration to ensure that the most vulnerable in the city are protected.

“Getting the COVID-19 vaccine into arms is the best way to do this,” Davis said, urging the public to be patient as the city works to schedule each of our eligible residents.” 

About 6,000 Bayonne residents have received their first doses through the three available sites: Bayonne Medical Center, the Hudson County facility in Kearny, and RWJ Barnabas on Broadway in Bayonne.

Davis told TAPint Bayonne earlier this month that he is hoping to use St. Andrews School as a city run vaccination site, which could reach even more residents more quickly.

Bayonne residents seeking vaccinations should call (201) 858-6088 or email bayvax@baynj.org.

You are asked to leave your name, date of birth and contact number. A scheduler will call you about setting up an appointment.

“We will call you,” Davis said.

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