Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise is urging parents to get children ages 12 and up boosted following a recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
“We are ready to hit the ground running and begin distributing booster shots to kids 12 and older. Our Vaccine Task Force has already seen incredible success, including success in getting kids vaccinated,” DeGise said in a statement.
“Hudson County has the highest rate in the state for ages 12-17, at 91%. We’re committed to continuing to make sure anyone eligible to receive a booster can access one immediately. Let’s get our kids boosted and back out there being kids!”
As the surge in Omicron cases continues, county officials encourage anyone who is eligible to get their booster shot to do so.
“Getting your booster shot is absolutely imperative. More and more we’re seeing what a difference this additional dose makes in protecting people from COVID infection, and far lessening the severity of your symptoms if you get a breakthrough case,” added Hudson Regional Health Commission Executive Director Carrie Nawrocki .
“Hudson County is ready to begin vaccinating this newly eligible group today, and we encourage parents and their eligible children to visit one of our vaccination sites as soon as they can.”
In addition to offering booster doses to children ages 12 and over at the Vaccine Distribution Center, the USS Juneau Center in Kearny, the County Vaccine Task Force is offering booster shots to children ages 12-17 today at the mobile site in Union City at 324 43rd St.
The Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center is also continuing to offer free vaccines and booster shots to all eligible groups at the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center in Kearny, and recommends that anyone who hasn’t yet been vaccinated do so.
DeGise has been a strong proponent of vaccinations and booster shots, discussing a new potential policy with HCV yesterday that would have unvaccinated Hudson County workers use their own time if they contract COVID-19, or be placed on unpaid leave if they don’t have any – among other things – to make a hard push for vaccinations.