HOBOKEN, NJ - Amid an ongoing winter surge of COVID-19, the City of Hoboken has utilized all 500 vaccine doses allocated for the city of over 55,000. Seniors and first responders are among those who have received the initial shots, as the City awaits further supplies.
"I’m pleased to report that by the end of this week, we will have utilized our initial allocation of 500 vaccines provided to the City by the State of New Jersey, the large majority of them members of our senior population," said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. "We anticipate receiving another 500 vaccines in the next few days from the State, and once in hand, we will begin scheduling additional appointments next week for those 65 years of age and older from our senior pre-registration list."
Complications stemming from the nationwide rollout have been cited by city officials for the current backlog among eligible recipients.
"As of today, we have approximately 1,900 Hoboken seniors who have signed up on our pre-registration list. At this rate, assuming in the coming weeks we will continue to receive shipments of 500 vaccines, which the State indicated may be possible, we could finish vaccinating the majority of our senior population by mid-February," said Bhalla.
"The State indicated again today in a call with Hudson County cities that the federal government is not shipping vaccine supplies fast enough to States, which in turn is not able to provide a greater allotment of vaccines to Cities and other medical providers including pharmacies and urgent care facilities. This is unfortunate news as we had hoped to use our partners to help supplement the City of Hoboken’s supply during the 1B phase, which now may not occur for several weeks. Only with a greater shipment of vaccines from the federal government, did the State indicate more vaccines will flow to cities like Hoboken and to other medical providers. I’m glad to hear President-Elect Joe Biden indicate that increasing the supply of vaccines is one of the top priorities of his incoming administration."
For the pre-registration system for seniors, those 65 years of age and older (or friends/family) can sign-up by visiting http://www.hobokennj.gov/seniors or by calling the Community Emergency Response Team at 201-420-5621 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Seniors who have signed-up but have not yet received a call for an appointment will be contacted as soon as additional vaccines are in hand.
Hudson County's site in Kearny (USS Juneau Center, 110 Hackensack Ave, Kearny, 07032) is open for residents of Hoboken and other Hudson County cities, who can register at http://hudsoncovidvax.org/. Hoboken residents qualifying under 1B can also monitor other locations offered by the State of New Jersey, listed on the State’s website at https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/covid-19-vaccine-locations-for-eligible-recipients for any potential open vaccine appointments.
Since the last March, 2,514 Hoboken residents have tested positive for COVID-19. 1,614 residents have made a fully recovery according to the Health Department, and 39 have passed away from the infection. There are currently 21 patients with COVID-19 being treated at Hoboken University Medical Center, of which two are Hoboken residents.
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