Tom DeGise: Hudson County the 1st urban county in N.J. to reach 70% COVID-19 vaccination rate


Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise says that they are the first urban county in the state to reach a 70 percent COVID-19 vaccination rate for residents that have received at least their first dose.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The county is among 11 across the state that were selected for closer monitoring and increased resources by the state in June.

“I’m incredibly proud that Hudson County has reached this milestone and that we can all breathe easier knowing that the vast majority of our neighbors are vaccinated and doing their part to finally beat COVID-19 once and for all,” DeGise said in a statement.

“This day would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of public health officials throughout the county, from our own Vaccine Task Force to our Mayors and their health officers in all 12 municipalities, to Governor Murphy and state officials who have provided us with the resources to make this happen. We said all along that our model was working and we just needed the doses to get our people vaccinated, and I’m so proud of all of us for making this happen.”

In addition to the countywide vaccination rate, state data also shows that every single Hudson County municipality has now met the 70 percent goal, with Secuaucs leading the way at an impressive 90 percent first dose vaccination rate.

Health officials throughout the county continue working to vaccinate even more residents through a mixture of pop-up and mobile vaccine events, walk-in sites, the county’s drive-thru location at the USS Juneau Center and more.

“Hudson County has made tremendous progress in getting our people vaccinated and this minestrone is proof of how far we have come,” added Hudson Regional Health Commission Executive Director Carrie Nawrocki.

“This accomplishment has taken hard work by so many of our public health leaders and elected officials as well as the cooperation of our residents, many of whom overcame initial hesitation to embrace the vaccine as the best way to protect themselves and their families. We will continue working to vaccinate even more residents by meeting them where they are and bringing the vaccine directly into our communities.”

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