**THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL QUOTES & INFORMATION Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has announced that the city’s single dose, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination supply will be used for hospitality and grocery store workers, among others, this week. On Sunday, Fulop took to social media to state, “This week, we are using our Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine doses for front-line restaurant workers, grocery store workers, porters, hospitality workers, and warehouse workers. As we re-open, we know these employees are on the front line around many others and often don’t have the flexibility to take two days off from work for the two-dose vaccine options.”
In order to give priority to these individuals, Fulop announced that two more vaccination sites will be opening today. The Mayor stated, “To increase access and provide priority for these front line workers, we also will be opening our sixth Jersey City vaccine point of distribution starting tomorrow (Monday). The locations dedicated for these employees will be 100 Marin Boulevard & 28 Paterson Street. All eligible staff are required to make their own appointment by calling the Appointment Call Center at (201) 373-2316. The call center is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm, with 40 operators to help. Please identify yourself as one of these categories and the staff will direct you on how to complete registration.”
The Mayor reminds people not to show up at either site without first scheduling an appointment. Once scheduled, you must bring your paystub to confirm that you classify as an employee in one of the categories referenced earlier.
“As we saw initially with our testing efforts, the more you increase access to these services, the more people are going to be inclined to get vaccinated, which ultimately increases our safety overall and accelerates our return to normalcy,” said Mayor Fulop. “These frontline workers have remained at the forefront throughout this entire pandemic, making sure everyone has had continued access to the vital goods and services our residents rely on. And so now that they are eligible, we want to return the favor and make sure they get the vaccines they need to remain safe at work.”
The Department of Health and Human Services is operating a Mobile Site that, to date, has served seven onsite senior buildings so far, 40 homeless, and dozens of homebound residents. The mobile operations serve to greatly expand outreach into the community with improved direct access for residents, ultimately encouraging more and more people to get vaccinated.
The seven City-run vaccination sites include:
- 140 MLK Drive (Mary McLeod Bethune Community Center)
- 335 Bergen Ave (Maureen Collier Senior Center)
- 28 Paterson Street (Joseph Connors Senior Center)
- 100 Marin Blvd (Marin Lightrail Station)
- 164 Laidlaw Avenue (PS #26)
- 35 Colgate Street (Ferris High School)
“Since last summer, we’ve been planning our comprehensive vaccination program in order to streamline the process for residents, businesses, and the community as a whole to get back on our feet as swiftly as possible. We are working with Bespoke Health to run and manage the sites and have been successful in having zero waste at any of our sites,” said Health and Human Services Director Stacey Flanagan.
Per State guidelines, beginning today, Monday, March 29, the following frontline essential workers will be eligible for vaccination:
- Food production, agriculture, and food distribution
- Eldercare and support
- Warehousing and logistics
- Social services support staff
- Elections personnel
- Medical supply chain
- Postal and shipping services
- Judicial system
To date, Jersey City has administered more than 30,000 Moderna vaccinations to its residents. Fulop says the city will ramp up its vaccinations as more doses are received from the state and federal governments.
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