As part of New Jersey’s planned rollout of half a million doses of the coronavirus vaccine in the next month, healthcare workers from Bergen County, once the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, will begin receiving the vaccine Monday.
Starting Monday, frontline healthcare workers will begin receiving doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the second vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, announced Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco. The county has received 1,000 doses allotted for Bergen County healthcare workers and will be administered at the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, Tedesco said in a statement.
Healthcare workers in the 1A category — frontline workers dealing with COVID-19 patients — who have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19 through their employer or the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program are eligible to receive the vaccines. The eligible workers must live in Bergen County or work in a 1A healthcare facility, the statement said.
“It is essential that those on the frontlines in our fight against the virus receive the vaccine as fast as humanly possible,” Tedesco said in the statement. “With the arrival of Moderna’s vaccine, we now have the ability to provide protection to more of Bergen County’s critical healthcare workforce through a partnership between the County and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.”