West New York joins Bergen County as part of back to school vaccination effort for students

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The Town of West New York is part of a Bergen County back to school COVID-19 vaccination effort for students ages 12 to 17 to get vaccinated.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Out of the nine sites, Memorial High School in West New York is the only Hudson County location on the list of pop-up clinics that also includes Paramus, Dumont, Hackensack, and Paramus.

The clinics started today in an effort to get school age children inoculated before the new school year begins in the first week of September, a joint effort between Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health, and Holy Name Medical Center, Bergen County, and the State of New Jersey.

No appointments are necessary and the vaccines are free, though children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to be vaccinated.

Holy Name allocated approximately 14,000 vaccine doses to West New York back in March and about 11,000 people were inoculated in the first week, Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez said the following month.

At his weekly coronavirus press briefing in Trenton today, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said New Jersey is ahead of the national average on teen vaccination rates, but are still lagging far behind adults.

“If you break the adolescents where their eligible for the vaccine, between the 12 to 15 year olds on one hand and the 16 and 17 year olds on the other hand, a couple of observations,” the governor began.

“Number 1, the good news, we’re running ahead of the nation on both. The more challenging news is the take up is not where it needs to be, particularly for that 12 to 15 cohort. For the folks that are eligible in both of those groups … we need more of you to step up.”

He added that there have been about 115,00 cases of COVID-19 reported in children under 18 since the pandemic began last March.

Last week, Murphy implemented a mask mandate for all students, school employees, and visitors, leading to some protests from parents, and said today that there are currently no plans to impose a vaccine mandate on teachers.