West New York announced COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers and EMTs, with the first opportunity for 1A personnel to receive the Moderna vaccine beginning on Monday.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Administering this vaccine marks a milestone in the fight against this horrible virus. As we enter a new year we must continue to do our part by masking up and socially distancing,” Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez said in a statement.
“Once vaccines become available to the general public, we urge everyone to get vaccinated.”
The New Jersey Department of Health has set forth a vaccination plan that local health departments should follow to prioritize those who are vaccinated.
Currently, we are in Category 1A and will issue vaccinations to those individuals in the healthcare field such as nurses, doctors, EMTs, along with funeral home, dental office, and pharmacy workers.
Category 1B will cover first responders, police and firefighters, and essential workers – as well as people 75 years and older with underlying health conditions.
From there, Category 1C will include people between the ages of 16 to 64 years old with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19.
Subsequently, the general public will be able to be vaccinated upon further notification by the CDC and NJDOH hopefully by spring and depending upon the supply of vaccines.
Once healthcare workers have been vaccinated, West New York will offer vaccines to first responders and essential employees and continue through each category until vaccines are administered to any resident who wants to receive the vaccine.
North Bergen was the first municipality in Hudson County to administer the vaccine, followed by Union City and Weehawken (who did there’s at the same time) and Hoboken.