Hudson County to triple prior COVID-19 vaccination allocations next week with nearly 21k doses

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Hudson County will triple prior COVID-19 vaccination allocations next week, with 20,850 doses being committed by state and federal partners, officials said this afternoon.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The doses include the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines that will be administered at the county’s vaccination site at the USS Juneau Center in Kearny, as well as through municipal locations in Jersey City, North Hudson, Kearny, Bayonne and Hoboken.

The additional doses will also allow the county-run site to open next Thursday, April 8th, for a fourth consecutive day of vaccinations.

“Since receiving our first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in late December, Hudson County has worked tirelessly to provide residents with a robust and equitable vaccination program,” Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise said in a statement.

“But as we have consistently stressed, we can only administer 100% of the vaccines allocated to us each week. I’m incredibly grateful for our local leaders in Hudson County and our Senator Bob Menendez who have tirelessly advocated for us to receive an increase in doses, and I thank Governor Murphy for hearing our concerns and coming through with this much-needed lifeline for Hudson County.”

Last week, Menendez called on Murphy to expand COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Hudson, who has had the lowest vaccination rate per population in New Jersey, and it appears that call has been answered.

Of those doses, the governor’s office has advised Hudson County to expect 4,680 doses to be allocated through a partnership with FEMA and the State of New Jersey as part of the new federal vaccination site at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

This will ensure that Hudson County residents who are unable to travel to the new site will have access to vaccines.

“The Hudson Regional Health Commission has worked closely with the County Administration and local health officers to ensure all of the necessary resources are in place for a successful vaccination program,” added Hudson Regional Health Commission Executive Director Carrie Nawrocki.

“This increase in allocation is the much needed lifeline that our staff and volunteers have been preparing for since the onset of the pandemic. Along with our municipal partners, we are ready and able to efficiently administer these doses to county residents.”

As part of their effort to increase vaccine capacity, the county recently arranged the purchase of three medical grade freezers which will be used to store Pfizer doses at the USS Juneau Center, Jersey City, and North Hudson sites.

Hoboken has also purchased a similar freezer that has already allowed the municipality to begin administering the Pfizer vaccine.

Additionally, West New York has entered into a partnership with the Holy Name Medical Center to open a separate vaccine site tomorrow.