Jersey City Resident + Security Supervisor Is First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine in JC

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This morning, a Jersey City resident named Thomas Melendez was the first person to receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the city.

“Today in JC, Jersey City resident, and Security Supervisor at Jersey City Medical Center Thomas Melendez, 23, is the first to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the hospital. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Michael Loftus administered the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine,” Mayor Fulop stated in a Facebook post.

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This comes shortly after Mayor Fulop announced that he’s teaming up with the Jersey City Health and Human Services Department to pursue an emergency resolution establishing six vaccination sites to prepare for the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.

The City hopes to provide immediate access for residents and essential employees. The 6 Point of Distribution {POD} sites will be located in various areas throughout the city to ensure residents have convenient access to the vaccines. Read more here.

However, Hudson County will open its first COVID-19 vaccination site at the USS Juneau Center, Office of Emergency Management in Kearny. The vaccination center will be operated by the Hudson Regional Health Commission and overseen by the newly established Hudson County Vaccine Task Force, which the County Executive will utilize to coordinate vaccine response across several different county departments and autonomous agencies as well as the community at large.

University Hospital Newark is where the first vaccine was administered in Hudson County over a week ago. A Latina essential worker received the vaccine, with Governor Murphy in attendance to cheer her on.

It’s uncertain when Hoboken will administer the first vaccine. We will update you as more information unfolds.

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