County COVID-19 vaccination site in Kearny begins giving health care workers 2nd doses

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The Hudson County COVID-19 vaccination site in Kearny began giving health care workers their second doses of the vaccine this morning, officials said.

Photo courtesy of Hudson County.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Roughly 40 frontline healthcare workers in Phase 1A were among those to receive their second doses of the vaccine at the USS Juneau Center with hundreds more scheduled for later this week.

In total, the county-run site is scheduled to administer nearly 1,000 vaccinations today.

“As we begin administering second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, we are once again reaching new milestones in our fight against this virus,” County Executive Tom DeGise said in a statement.

“The men and women who have been inoculated at our county-run vaccination center are among some of our finest frontline heroes who have been working to keep us safe and healthy since day one. We are continuing to make progress in the right direction and Hudson County will continue its robust vaccination efforts until every eligible resident is vaccinated.”

By end of day, the Hudson County Vaccine Task Force, overseen by County Executive Tom DeGise and operated by the Hudson Regional Health Commission, will have vaccinated approximately 4,500 individuals.

The center received an additional shipment of 2,000 vaccines as well as the necessary amount of second doses on Tuesday to continue vaccinations for the week.

Hudson County was the first in New Jersey to open a county-run public vaccination center and is a collaborative effort with the Hudson Regional Health Commission, the Hudson County Improvement Authority, the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management, County Department of Roads and Public Property, the Hudson County Schools of Technology and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.

The vaccination center administered their first shots on December 23rd.

The center, located at 110 Hackensack Ave. in Kearny, is open by appointment only.

Those currently eligible include doctors and nurses within private practices, dentists, hygienists, community and public health workers, funeral directors, paid and unpaid EMTs, uniformed police and firefighters, those working in labs with infectious material, individuals over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions.

For more information or to register and schedule an appointment, please visit hudsoncovidvax.org.

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