‘Modest’ COVID-19 vaccine dose increase coming to Bayonne next week, mayor says

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A “modest” COVID-19 vaccine dose increase is coming to Bayonne next week, Mayor Jimmy Davis said during his weekly coronavirus briefing.

“Each week, I work non-stop to try and get an increase of the vaccine into Bayonne. I think this work is finally going to pay off. I’m proud to say that next week we will see an increase,” Davis said a video posted on his Facebook page.

“Although it is modest, the more people we can vaccinate each day will help us reduce the risk of the number of at risk neighbors in our great city.”

He did not get into the particulars of what the weekly vaccine allotments have been or what they will increase to, but mentioned that hundreds of residents are getting vaccinated each week.

In his previous update last week, the mayor said that around 5,000 residents have been vaccinated at either the Bayonne Medical Center, the Hudson County-run site at the USS Juneau Center in Kearny, and the Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health satellite office on Broadway.

Davis and first responders helped seniors over to the BMC yesterday in the midst of more winter weather, emphasizing that he doesn’t plan on having any vaccines wasted in the Peninsula City.

“There are many people working feverishly behind the scenes to call, screen, schedule and vaccinate each resident who has reached out to us,” he added.

“The people doing this work are heroes. They have been working nonstop for our community, and I am so proud of each one of them.”

To register in the city, call 201-858-6088 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or email bayvax@baynj.org. Leave a message with a name, date of birth, and contact.

The mayor also stressed being patient since leaving multiple messages or emails will only delay the vaccination process even further.

This morning, the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management said that less than 300 residents have are currently positive with the coronavirus and only nine of them have been admitted to the BMC.

Additionally, officials announced that drive-up COVID-19 testing is moving back to the Ahern Veterans Stadium starting Tuesday, February 23rd.

The hours of operation will be from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The testing sites at the BMC and the Bayonne Community Museum are now closed until further notice.