Hoboken University Medical Center begins COVID-19 vaccinations for city’s senior population

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The Hoboken University Medical Center began vaccinating the city’s senior population this morning on the same day that Gov. Phil Murphy (D) expanded who is eligible for the inoculation.

Former Hoboken Fire Chief Richard Tremitiedi receive the COVID-19 vaccination at Hoboken University Medical Center. Photo courtesy of the City of Hoboken.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Hoboken residents Richard Tremitiedi, a former city fire chief, and 98-year-old breast cancer survivor Antoinette Miller, were the first two people to be vaccinated in the Mile Square City.

“I’m extremely thankful to receive one of Hoboken’s first vaccines for seniors. As a former fire chief, I know what it takes to keep people safe, and I can assure my friends in the senior community – the vaccine is in fact safe, and will protect us from the deadly virus,” Tremitiedi said in a statement.

“It has never been more important to get vaccinated, for the sake of our community, and so we can soon return to normal.”

Over 50 seniors were vaccinated today, with 125 anticipated to be vaccinated by Saturday through Hoboken’s allocation of COVID-19 vaccines, officials said.

“I’m extremely proud that Hoboken is one of the first communities in New Jersey to begin vaccinating our seniors. We are moving as quickly and efficiently as possible, to protect our elderly population and save lives,” added Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

“I encourage all seniors to sign-up on our pre-registration form to receive the vaccine, which has been proven to be safe and effective by medical experts. Thank you to Director Leo Pellegrini, Chief REHS Lynette Medeiros, the Hoboken Health Department and Hoboken University Medical Center for opening up the vaccine distribution site today on the first day of senior eligibility.”

Seniors vaccinated today were provided with a date for a future appointment to receive the second dose of the vaccine.

Earlier this week, Hoboken initiated a pre-registration form for seniors to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in anticipation of an expansion of eligibility for those 65 years of age and older.

Over 1,400 seniors signed up through the pre-registration form, which was utilized by the city’s health department to schedule appointments.

All seniors who signed up on the pre-registration form will be called for an appointment in the coming weeks as the city’s vaccine supply is replenished by the state, who is expected to provide another shipment next week.

Hoboken is still collecting pre-registration sign-ups for seniors, which can be filled out by clicking here and providing the individual’s name, address, date of birth and phone number. All friends and family can fill out the information on behalf of the senior.

Additionally, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) hotline to pre-register by calling 201-420-5621 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Furthermore, Hoboken will open up a pre-registration form for Hoboken residents with pre-existing medical conditions, as identified by the State of New Jersey and U.S. Centers for Disease Control, on Monday.

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