500 people received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Kearny site run by the Hudson County government during their first week of operations, officials said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Today, I was honored to meet with several of our healthcare heroes at the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center and personally thank them for going above and beyond to combat this virus,” Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise said in a statement.
“The hopefulness and optimism inside the center is palpable, but our response to the winter months are critical. Right now, we remain committed to working with local leaders and stakeholders to continue investing all of our resources into robust testing and vaccinating operations.”
The Vaccine Distribution Center is operated by the Hudson County Vaccine Task Force, which is overseen by DeGise and the Hudson Regional Health Commission, and began administering vaccination on Wednesday.
A Secaucus High School nurse was the first person to receive the vaccine.
The center is open by appointment only for doctors and nurses within private practices, dentists, hygienists, community and public health workers, funeral directors, paid and unpaid Emergency Medical Technicians, and those working in labs with infectious material.
Testing is still being offered at the County Testing Site in partnership with Hudson Regional Hospital in Secaucus.
The USS Juneau Center, Office of Emergency Management is located at 110 Hackensack Avenue in Kearny. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please email HCvax@hudsonregionalhealth.org.
Local municipalities have also followed suit in vaccinating 1A personnel, starting with North Bergen, followed by Union City and Weehawken (who participated in a joint program), and then Hoboken.