Hudson County will be opening its vaccine scheduling system at 11AM today, April 12th for appointments at the USS Juneau Center. The first wave will include 400 appointment slots for Wednesday, April 14th. The county-run site in Kearny anticipates providing roughly 2,270 first doses and a combined total of approximately 4,400 doses this week, 12,850 doses in total. The doses will be distributed at both the USS Juneau Center and at municipal vaccination sites throughout the county.
Following guidance from the CDC, FDA, and the State of New Jersey, Hudson County will pause administering the Johnson + Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of caution. For the remainder of the week, the USS Juneau Center will continue to vaccinate residents as scheduled utilizing its supply of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. The decision to suspend the use of the Johnson + Johnson vaccine will not impact operations at the county-run site in Kearny.
“After reviewing the new information released from the CDC and consulting with our own experts, Hudson County has decided to proceed with caution and suspend administering the Johnson + Johnson vaccine,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “Our vaccination site at the USS Juneau Center remains open for all eligible residents who will continue to be cared for under the watchful eye of the Hudson Regional Health Commission, which has done a remarkable job vaccinating our community safely and efficiently.”
Eligible Hudson County residents are encouraged to complete the pre-registration process online by visiting hudsoncovidvax.org.
According to the press release sent by the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center, last week, Hudson County received its largest vaccine allocation to date. A record 5,266 residents were vaccinated at the county-run site alone with an additional 15,000+ individuals receiving their vaccines at municipal-run clinics.
Those currently eligible to be vaccinated according to the state’s guidelines include healthcare personnel, long term care residents and staff, first responders, anyone 55+, individuals ages 16-54 with underlying health conditions, educators, childcare workers, transportation workers, public safety workers, migrant farm workers, members of tribal communities, those experiencing homelessness, clergy, communications workers, IT professionals, members of the media, election personnel, hospitality workers, retail finance employees, real estate workers, shipping service workers, social service employees, utility workers, warehouse workers and more. Anyone over the age of 16 will become eligible beginning April 19. A full eligibility list can be found here.
About the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center
The Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center is operated by Hudson Regional Health Commission and overseen by County Executive Tom DeGise’s Vaccine Task Force, which includes representatives from the Hudson County Improvement Authority, the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management, County Department of Roads and Public Property, the Hudson County Schools of Technology and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office. The center is located at the USS Juneau Center at 110 Hackensack in Kearny.