Union City, Weehawken municipal workers to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine today

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Just two days after North Bergen was the first in Hudson County to see municipal frontline workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Union City and Weehawken will be following suit later today.

A North Bergen EMT who is about to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We are so pleased to be able to partner with Weehawken to provide our frontline healthcare workers with the vaccine,” Union City Mayor Brian Stack said in a statement.

“These are our healthcare workers and EMTs, who are called upon to treat patients who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 virus.”

The New Jersey Department of Health has set forth a vaccination plan that local health departments should follow to prioritize those who are vaccinated.

Category 1A and will issue vaccinations to those individuals that includes nurses, doctors, EMTs, morticians funeral home workers, dental office employees, and pharmacy workers.

“Providing vaccinations to our frontline healthcare workers is critical. We must take care of the workers who are treating our family, friends, and neighbors suffering from this terrible virus,” added Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner.

From there, Category 1B will cover first responders (police and fire) and essential workers and people 75 years and older with underlying health conditions.

Category 1C will cover people between the ages of 16 to 64 years with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19.

“It is so important, especially in such a dense population community, that we get the message out there that the vaccine is safe and effective. When we start vaccinating residents, we want them to be optimistic in the successfulness of the vaccine and comfortable being vaccinated,” Stack continued.

“Vaccines are the only way we are going to combat the COVID-19 virus. We want our employees and residents to know that we are confident in the vaccine and the vaccination process and want to encourage eligible employees and residents to get vaccinated,” noted Turner.