On Tuesday May 4th, The town of Secaucus hosted a vaccination drive on at the town recreation center as part of a growing effort by the town to get as many eligible adults as possible vaccinated. Roughly 230 local residents were scheduled to come in for either their first or second dose with many more coming in to register for future appointments. As of Tuesday afternoon, 51% of eligible adults in Secaucus have received the full course of the vaccine; a number much higher than the average in all of Hudson County. Town administrator Gary Jeffas credited the vast outreach by Secaucus officials, especially to at-risk communities, for the success the town has seen thus far in their vaccination efforts. Secaucus councilman John Gerbasio, a pharmacist by trade, was distributing doses at the event alongside his wife Kathy Gerbasio, the school nurse at Secaucus High School, and Carleen Perricone, who has been volunteering 3 days a week for the past several weeks.
Councilman Gerbasio said, “We’ve effectively administered both doses of the vaccine to many people with minimal adverse reactions. We implore those who are eligible for the vaccine to go out and get it, even if it isn’t through the town.”
Secaucus is receiving doses of the vaccine weekly and those doses are available to those who live or work in town; as of the writing of this article, scheduling is available at their website (https://secaucusnj.gov/vaccine).