WAYNE, NJ – Mayor Chris Vergano uploaded a video to the Township website with updated information about the COVID-19 vaccine. He asked for patience from Wayne residents as supply of vaccine to the Township is not coming close to meeting the demand.
“I just want to give you an update on where we are with the COVID-19 vaccine because it seems to be a moving target,” he said as an introduction.
Vergano said that on Friday afternoons the Township is notified by the State of New Jersey as to how many doses of the vaccine Wayne will receive.
“Typically, it’s Friday afternoons,” he explained. “I do not know the exact time. I do not know when, except that it will be Friday afternoon.”
Vergano acknowledged that the current method of gaining appointments is inconvenient.
“I know it's difficult,” he said. “But the only thing we can do is give the amount of vaccines that we have available.”
According to the Mayor, last Friday, Wayne had 300 vaccines available, and all 300 appointments were booked in six minutes.
“If I had my way, we'd have the center open every day,” Vergano lamented. “But I don't make those decisions. That comes through the Governor’s office, depending on the allotment from the federal government.”
Vergano then explained that the Township was expecting 500 doses for next week’s vaccine clinic, but “we were just told that the allotment for Passaic County is going to be diminished greatly next week, and for the next four weeks, and that the entirety of Passaic County will only receive 2500 doses.”
Wayne’s allotment will be 300 vaccines for next week, according to the Mayor.
“So those appointments will go up online on WayneTownship.com somewhere on Friday afternoon, once those are confirmed to us,” he said.
Who can receive the vaccine.
- Paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients.
- All residents and staff of long-term and congregate care facilities.
- Sworn law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders
- Individuals who are pregnant and those in an immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant are also eligible but should follow CDC guidance and first discuss vaccination with their medical provider before receiving the vaccine.
- Individuals aged 65 and older, and individuals ages 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus. These conditions include:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
“This is the criteria that has been established by the New Jersey Department of Health and this is what we will be following,” he said. “The bad part is four million people were added to the list of those who could get vaccinated last week and we're going to have 200 less doses than we received this week,”
“We're doing everything for you that we can,” added Vergano. “However, that's the situation.”
“At 300 a week, it's going to take us a very long time to get everybody vaccinated,” he said.
“Much longer than we anticipated, so we hope that the news will change soon. As soon as it does, I will come back here again and inform you of when you can go online and make the appointment.”
The Second Dose
“For those of you that booked an appointment and received vaccines from Wayne Township already, you will receive an email to obtain your second dose which will be one month after your first dose,” said Vergano.
Wayne Township’s Health Department is planning separate clinic dates that will be made available only for people who have received the first dose at Wayne’s vaccine clinic.
Wayne is using the Moderna vaccine which is only good for people over 18 years of age and requires two doses one month a part, according to Vergano.
“The second dose should be as close to one month later as possible,” he said, “It does not have to be exactly 28 days, but it certainly needs to be as close as 28 days as possible.”
COVID numbers for Wayne
The Mayor also provided a quick update on Wayne’s current new positive COVID cases.
- October – 154 new positive cases – 4.97 new cases per day on average
- November – 549 new cases – 18.3 new cases per day
- December – 1,116 new cases – 36.78 new cases per day
- January (up to Jan 18) – 650 new cases – 36.11 new cases per day
“So, we’re doing as bad as we did in December,” said Vergano, who then repeated the COVID-19 Pandemic mantra: “Please wash your hands, please wear a mask, please maintain social distancing, please stay away from each other.”
“I ask you to be patient as we all limp along and get through this,” the Mayor said.
“So, the best news that we could get is that they're going to send us 2500 doses that we requested,” he added. “I don't believe that's going to happen for the next four weeks. So, that's going to put us into late February maybe early March.”
“I just ask you to be patient,” Vergano said in conclusion. “And if we can help you, please contact us. Thank you.”
Other Vaccine Sites
The Mayor also shared other vaccine sites that are available to anyone.
- Passaic County: passaiccountynj.org/covidvax
- Atlantic Health out of Chilton medical center and their other hospital locations
- Hudson Community Action Corporation in Passaic. Click here for their information.
- Paterson Division of Health at International High School. Click here for their information
- Click here for information on Clifton’s vaccine program.
- Click here for the NJ Department of Health vaccination program
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