Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla today announced that the City of Hoboken will begin offering Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccines to children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old starting next week.
Beginning on Monday, Nov. 8, the City will offer pediatric vaccines through partnerships between the Hoboken Health Department and local providers, following authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)
“According to experts at the CDC and FDA, the pediatric vaccine is safe and effective at preventing severe illness and hospitalization in children due to COVID-19,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “By getting your child vaccinated, you will help curtail the spread of COVID-19, limit transmission of the virus within our community, and help increase the likelihood that your child’s education continues in-person and is uninterrupted. As the holidays approach and we seek to gather with loved ones, being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your family. I encourage all those, including our youth, to get vaccinated as quickly as possible. Thank you to the Hoboken Health Department and our local partners for working together to ensure that all eligible Hoboken children have access to a vaccine.”
The Hoboken Health Department and Medicine Man Pharmacy & Compounding will host vaccine clinics on Monday, Nov. 8, and Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 605 Jackson St. from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in which children between the ages of 5 and 11 can, for the first time, receive their Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. This clinic will also offer vaccines for those over the age of 12 and booster shots for eligible individuals.
Appointments are required, and they can be booked online at www.hobokennj.gov/vaccine. Those seeking a booster shot must also bring their vaccine card.
The City will schedule vaccine clinics on additional days next week once the Hoboken Health Department receives an additional supply of vaccines, scheduled to arrive Wednesday, Nov. 10.
The City had intended to host a vaccine clinic on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Wallace Elementary School, but the clinic has been cancelled as the City will not receive its supply of pediatric COVID-19 vaccines in time. Future pop-up pediatric vaccine clinics will be scheduled during upcoming weekends in the near future.
“Since the first vaccines became available, the City and the Hoboken Health Department have worked hard to provide them to our residents and community members as promptly as possible,” said Director of Health and Human Services Leo Pellegrini. “That diligence has not wavered, and we will continue to ensure that all those eligible, including our children between 5 and 11 years old, have access to a COVID-19 vaccine or test through our clinics and provider partnerships.
Hoboken continues to offer COVID-19 testing with local providers several days per week at 605 Jackson St.
For a full schedule of testing clinics or to make an appointment to get tested, go to http://www.hobokennj.gov/testing. Appointments are required.
For a list of pharmacy locations offering COVID-19 vaccines, go to www.hobokennj.gov/vaccine.