Hudson County is touting the highest teen COVID-19 vaccination rate in New Jersey at 83 percent, good enough to earn praise from Gov. Phil Murphy (D).
“To your comments with Hudson and Mercer and they’re great work with youth, it’s really a special testament to both of those counties and their leadership – Tom DeGise in Hudson, Brian Hughes in Mercer – that they’re putting those sorts of numbers up: it’s very impressive,” Murphy said during his coronavirus press briefing in Trenton yesterday.
Hudson’s overall one-dose vaccination rate comes in at 87 percent, good enough for third in the Garden State behind Morris and Somerset Counties.
“Ensuring that our kids can go back to school safely has been one of our highest priorities and our team has worked tirelessly since 12-17 year olds became eligible for the vaccine to reach this point,” DeGise said in a statement.
“A great deal of the credit goes to our amazing team at the Hudson County Vaccine Task Force, and to school administrators, parents, and local health officials who have been so dedicated to making sure that we’re able to vaccinate as many young people as possible and keep our communities safe.”
The Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center at the USS Juneau Center in Kearny continues to offer free vaccines and booster shots to those eligible, with no appointment necessary.
DeGise urges anyone who has yet to get their vaccine to do so today and more information about the Center’s hours can be found on their website.
“I am so proud of our team and of all of Hudson County’s residents. We have been relentless in our work to ensure that everyone has access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and that work is certainly paying off,” Hudson Regional Health Commission Executive Director Carrie Nawrocki.
“I also want to give special thanks to all of the parents in Hudson County who have stepped up and made sure that their children are vaccinated in time for the start of the school year.”