HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Hudson County anticipates receiving a massive increase in its allocation of COVID-19 vaccines next week, with a record 20,850 doses committed by state and federal officials.
The shipment, expected to arrive shortly after Easter, will be nearly triple that of any previous week’s allocation.
This will include doses of the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines that will be administered at the county’s vaccination site at the USS Juneau Center, as well as through municipal partner locations in Jersey City, North Hudson, Kearny, Bayonne and Hoboken. The additional doses will also allow the county-run site to open next Thursday, April 8, for a fourth day of vaccinations.
“Since receiving our first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in late December, Hudson County has worked tirelessly to provide residents with a robust and equitable vaccination program,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “But as we have consistently stressed, we can only administer 100% of the vaccines allocated to us each week. I’m incredibly grateful for our local leaders in Hudson County and our Senator Bob Menendez who have tirelessly advocated for us to receive an increase in doses, and I thank Governor Murphy for hearing our concerns and coming through with this much-needed lifeline for Hudson County.”
Of the doses expected to be received, county officials have been advised to expect 4,680 to be allocated through a partnership with FEMA and the State of New Jersey as part of the new federal vaccination site at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. This will ensure that Hudson County residents who are unable to travel to the new site will have access to vaccines.
“The Hudson Regional Health Commission has worked closely with the County Administration and local health officers to ensure all of the necessary resources are in place for a successful vaccination program,” said Carrie Nawrocki, Executive Director of HRHC. “This increase in allocation is the much needed lifeline that our staff and volunteers have been preparing for since the onset of the pandemic. Along with our municipal partners, we are ready and able to efficiently administer these doses to county residents.”
Hudson County’s vaccine distribution plan is uniquely set up to provide accessible vaccination sites in all corners of the County, a statement read. As part of the effort to increase vaccine capacity, the County recently arranged the purchase of three medical grade freezers which will be used to store Pfizer doses at the USS Juneau Center, Jersey City and North Hudson sites.
Hoboken has also purchased a similar freezer that has already allowed the municipality to begin administering the Pfizer vaccine. Additionally, West New York announced earlier this week it has entered into a partnership with Holy Name Hospital to open a separate vaccine site in the city.
“After lots of pushing from all of the Hudson County elected representatives we are finally getting a big allocation of vaccine doses for our city/county,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “There will be more information on how to sign up but I wanted to make sure you are aware that next week presents a big opportunity for us to move forward with a large number of vaccinations.”
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