PARAMUS, NJ - U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer visited the COVID-19 vaccination site at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center on Friday to thank frontline health care workers and discuss what additional federal resources are needed to expand vaccine availability, distribution, and deployment. Gottheimer represents New Jersey's 5th Congressional District, which includes Hackensack.
Governor Phil Murphy visited the site on Wednesday, along with Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli, and Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, among others.
The passage of the bipartisan COVID-19 emergency relief deal, which Gottheimer helped lead, was signed into law in recent weeks. The package includes more than $60 billion for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, deployment, and testing and tracing. This investment will help state and local health departments deploy additional vaccines through technology upgrades, staffing support, and supplies necessary to administer the vaccines.
“Ensuring more vaccines get into the arms of New Jersey residents is absolutely key to helping us get through the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you to all of North Jersey’s frontline health care workers and providers helping make this possible,” said Gottheimer.