HOBOKEN, NJ - Rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be relatively sluggish in the face of overwhelming demand, due to gaps in the supply chain.

"I’m glad to share that the Hoboken Health Department, in partnership with Hoboken University Medical Center has completed approximately 500 senior vaccinations as of this evening," said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a statement Friday night. "Hoboken is working as quickly as possible vaccinating our elderly population with the supply we are given, and working from the senior pre-registration list. Next week, we have another 500 senior vaccination appointments scheduled through a second batch of the City’s supply provided from the State."

Residents with chronic medical conditions who have registered through the State of New Jersey's vaccine website have been notified that they’re eligible during the current 1B phase. However, finding vaccination sites to accommodate those individuals has proven to be a challenge.

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"Candidly, the amount of vaccines we receive each week as a municipality needs to be increased to allow Hoboken to expand vaccinations to this group in the coming weeks," said Bhalla, of Hoboken's availability. "We still have 1,900 seniors who pre-registered but haven’t yet been vaccinated, and we are working on scheduling them based on our supply."

Qualified residents are advised to pre-register on the State’s vaccine page: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/. State officials are trying to match up residents with location that may have vaccines on hand. Hudson County is accepting 1B residents at their inoculation site in Kearny as vaccines become available (http://hudsoncovidvax.org).

On Friday, New Jersey’s opened what they're calling a "mega-vaccination" site at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Nevertheless, appointments there are already booked. Eligible Hoboken residents can periodically check back and book an appointment at https://www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/covid19/.

For the complete list of vaccination sites in New Jersey listed on the State’s website, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients.

New Jersey's vaccination efforts come as two cases of the mutated UK strain of COVID have been detected here in the state. Current vaccines have been deemed effective against that virus, which is considered to be more contagious than the original coronavirus.

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