The Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center announced this week that it’s prioritizing vaccinating individuals who are over the age of 75. The move comes as part of a statewide effort to vaccinate New Jersey’s most vulnerable and at risk populations.

Beginning March 1, the vaccine appointment portal began allowing for those who are 75+ to schedule a time to be vaccinated. In the event that appointment slots go unfilled, the portal will be reopened for all other eligible Hudson County residents. 327 residents over 75 have already registered to be vaccinated on Monday, 25 of whom are over 90 years old.

Those with second dose appointments will still be vaccinated as scheduled.

“Since beginning our vaccination efforts two months ago, we have remained committed to providing eligible residents in all corners of Hudson County with the opportunity to be vaccinated, especially those most at risk,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “In the coming days, we will be furthering our efforts to assist our most vulnerable residents and ensure that this life saving vaccine is put into the arms of those who are most in need.”

County officials will be proactively contacting residents who are 75 or older and who have already registered on its system to fill vaccination slots for the week. All residents are encouraged to preregister for the COVID-19 vaccine by visiting hudsoncovidvax.org. To date, the county-run site has administered 19,648 vaccinations, 12,997 first doses and 6,671 second doses. This week, the center will administer 1,900 first doses and 1,790 second doses, 100% of its allocation from the state.

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