Pfizer booster shots available at South Kearny vaccine center: DeGise

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Now that they’ve been given the green light from the feds, any Hudson County resident eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot vaccine may do so at the county’s vaccine distribution center in South Kearny. Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise encourages anyone eligible to get the booster, which will be offered free of charge, as soon as possible.

“We are fully prepared to begin administering booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine at the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center and we encourage anyone who is eligible to get their vaccine today and do their part to keep our communities safe,” DeGise said. “Just as we have been since our vaccine program began late last year, our team is working cooperatively with municipal health officers, state and federal government and all other stakeholders to ensure an efficient, equitable distribution of vaccines.”

The CDC announced new guidance for booster shots, recommending anyone who got their first two Pfizer vaccines, and meets the specified criteria get a booster dose. The CDC recommends booster doses for anyone 65 and older, and those 50-64 with underlying medical conditions.

Those 18-49 with underlying medical conditions and anyone who is at increased risk for transmission, including healthcare workers, may also receive a booster. The guidance does not apply to those who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines and additional information will be released when it becomes available.

“The best thing that we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect ourselves and our families is to follow all guidance from the CDC,” Carrie Nawrocki, executive director of Hudson Regional Health Commission, said. “We are ready to begin distributing booster shots, and urge anyone who meets the criteria to get their booster shot at the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center, free of charge with no appointment necessary.”

Vaccines are available for free at the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center in Kearny — Hackensack Avenue in South Kearny — with no appointment necessary. Increasing rates of vaccination, and following all guidance from the CDC as it comes out is the best possible way to combat rising cases from the Delta variant and slow the spread of COVID-19.

DeGise’s Vaccine Task Force urges anyone who has yet to be vaccinated to do their part to stop the spread, and anyone eligible to receive a booster shot to do so as soon as possible. More information about the County Distribution Center’s hours is available at www.hudsoncovidvax.org.

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