Hudson County launching new mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit to serve as popup clinic

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Hudson County is launching a new mobile COVID-19 vaccination unit to serve as a popup clinic as the rate of residents over 12 years with at least one dose hits 60 percent. 

Photo courtesy of Hudson County.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“After a long and difficult 15 months, we are finally turning the corner and getting closer everyday to ending this pandemic,” Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise said in a statement.

“But we need to make it abundantly clear that the progress we have made is the direct result of our aggressive vaccination efforts. Hudson Regional Health Commission has done a tremendous job getting this life saving vaccine into the arms of our residents and we are all eager to begin using our new mobile unit to build on the progress we have already made.”

The latest data, released by the State of New Jersey late last week, is reflective of vaccines administered through May 25 and shows that Hudson has a 60 percent vaccination rate for residents over 12 that have received at least one dose.

“In the past two weeks alone, Hudson County has seen a steady increase in residents choosing to be vaccinated,” added Hudson Regional Health Commission Executive Director Carrie Nawrocki.

“For us to put the pandemic behind us though, we need everyone to trust the science and understand these vaccines are safe and effective. Hudson Regional Health Commission remains committed to making vaccines easily accessible in every neighborhood of Hudson County and we are looking forward to our newest mobile vaccination initiatives.”

The county-run vaccination site at the USS Juneau Center continues to operate on a modified schedule with appointments available to accommodate students and individuals in need of an evening time slot.

This week, the Hudson County Vaccine Task Force will offer vaccination opportunities at the following locations and times:

• Wednesday, June 2 at the USS Juneau Center: The Moderna vaccine is available between 9:15 a.m. and noon. Pfizer will be available from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m.

• Thursday, June 3 at Braddock Park in North Bergen: The mobile vaccination unit will return to Braddock park from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The team will be administering second doses of Moderna from the mobile clinic on May 6 while also offering residents the opportunity to begin the vaccination process with either the Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine. This will be the mobile unit’s inaugural use.

• Friday, June 4 at the USS Juneau Center: The Moderna vaccine is available between 9:15 a.m. and noon.

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Hudson County is eligible to be vaccinated at the USS Juneau Center or at any of the mobile clinics. Appointments are not required, but can be scheduled online by visiting hudsoncovidvax.org.

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