Information on vaccines

Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the Hoboken Health Department continue to work with the State of New Jersey and Hudson County to roll-out the COVID-19 vaccine utilizing guidelines issued by the State of New Jersey. Currently, healthcare workers, law enforcement personnel, seniors 65 years of age and older, as well as those ages 16-64 with chronic medical conditions (as defined by the CDC that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus) are eligible to receive a vaccine, although supplies are limited both in Hoboken and across New Jersey.

Hoboken has partnered with Riverside Medical Group and the Hoboken University Medical Center to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible groups, along with additional options through Hudson County.

Healthcare personnel, and individuals with chronic medical conditions

Healthcare personnel, and individuals with chronic medical conditions: Hoboken Health Department and Riverside Medical Group

Hoboken University Medical Center (Clinton Street between 3rd Street and 4th Street)

Riverside Medical Group (1111 Hudson Street)

Hoboken residents who work in the healthcare industry (see below), and individuals with chronic medical conditions as defined by the State and CDC (see below) are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the Hoboken Health Department (at Hoboken University Medical Center) and Riverside Medical Group.

** If you are a healthcare worker or have a chronic medical condition, click here to register to receive the vaccine through either the Hoboken Health Department or Riverside Medical Group **

Once registered, City or Riverside staff will call to schedule an appointment in the near future

Seniors and those with chronic medical conditions: USS Juneau Center

Hudson County, USS Juneau Center (110 Hackensack Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032)

Hudson County is currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations to all healthcare workers, seniors ages 65 and up, and those with chronic medical conditions qualifying in the 1B phase, residing in the City of Hoboken or in Hudson County.

Sign-up to register with Hudson County by visiting http://hudsoncovidvax.org/

Seniors: Hoboken Health Department and Riverside Medical Group

Hoboken Health Department (through Hoboken University Medical Center) and Riverside Medical Group

Hoboken University Medical Center (Clinton Street between 3rd Street and 4th Street)

Riverside Medical Group (1111 Hudson Street)

Seniors 65 years of age and older residing in Hoboken are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the Hoboken Health Department (at Hoboken University Medical Center) and Riverside Medical Group

** If you are a Hoboken resident and 65 years of age or older, click here to register to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine through either the City of Hoboken/Hoboken University Medical Center, or Riverside Medical Group**

Once registered, City or Riverside staff will call to schedule an appointment in the near future

Vaccine FAQs

Who are “healthcare personnel” in Phase 1A?

Healthcare personnel are paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials.  

This includes any type of worker within a healthcare setting. Examples include, but are not limited to:  

  • Licensed healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists
  • Staff like receptionists, janitors, clergy, mortuary services, laboratory technicians
  • Consultants, per diem, and contractors who are not directly employed by the facility
  • Unpaid workers like health professional students, trainees, volunteers and essential caregivers
  • Community health workers, doulas, and public health professionals like Medical Reserve Corps
  • Personnel with variable venues like EMS, paramedics, funeral staff, and autopsy workers
  • Other paid or unpaid people who work in a healthcare setting, who may have direct or indirect contact with infectious persons or materials, and who cannot work from home.  

Who are “unpaid” health workers?

Persons who work within a healthcare setting, but are not paid. These include, but are not limited to health professional students, trainees, volunteers and essential caregivers.

What are “healthcare settings” in Phase 1A?

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Acute, pediatric, and behavioral health hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers
  • Health facilities like rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric facilities and Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Clinic-based settings like urgent care clinics, dialysis centers and family planning sites
  • Long-term care settings like nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, and others
  • Occupational-based healthcare settings like health clinics within workplaces, shelters, jails, colleges and universities, and K-12 schools
  • Community-based healthcare settings like PACE and Adult Living Community Nursing
  • Home-based settings like hospice, home care, and visiting nurse services
  • Office-based healthcare settings like physician and dental offices
  • Public health settings like health departments, LINCS agencies, harm reduction centers and medical marijuana programs
  • Retail, independent and institutional pharmacies
  • Other settings where healthcare is provided

What are considered "chronic medical conditions" in Phase 1B?

  • Cancer
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions (e.g. heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised (weakened immune system) due to organ transplant (consult with your doctor)
  • Obesity (e.g. body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
  • Pregnancy (consult with your doctor)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • type 2 diabetes mellitus

Who determines when Hoboken moves to the next phases (1C and general population)?

Unlike the testing phase, where municipalities like Hoboken have almost full control over providers and facilities, the State of New Jersey is directing the majority of vaccination efforts through the State Department of Health. The State, based on factors such as availability of the vaccine and progress in the vaccination process, will make the decisions on moving to the next phases. The City of Hoboken, and other municipalities across the state are not allowed to transition to the next phase until permission is granted by the State of New Jersey.

What about seniors?

Recognizing that it can be difficult for some seniors to travel to various vaccine sites, the City has done outreach to seniors to reduce the inconvenience of getting a vaccine and provide additional information. Flyers were distributed with the sign-up information, along with direct sign-ups in senior buildings

Who will be administering vaccine distribution in Hoboken?

In addition to the Hoboken University Medical Center and Riverside Medical Group, the City is hopeful that it will have additional medical providers, such as Prompt MD, Medicine Man Pharmacy, and others that are currently approved by the State to administer the vaccine, to actually receive shipments of vaccines to administer. As of right now, these additional medical providers have not been yet been provided with a supply of vaccines. As availability expands in New Jersey, the City anticipates these additional medical providers will gain access and add to Hoboken’s vaccine supply. Mayor Bhalla and the City have been advocating with the State for these private providers to be provided with vaccines as soon as possible.

What is the City of Hoboken doing to help?

While the vaccine process is largely driven by the State of New Jersey, the State’s distribution infrastructure and medical providers, the City is doing what it can to help. Mayor Bhalla's administration has been in touch with both the State Department of Health, and with local partners across the City with facilities that could host vaccination distribution. Medical providers often times are limited on daily distribution based on limited office size, and the City plans to offer providers space in larger facilities to allow for more nurses and doctors to administer the vaccine. Additionally, the City has partnered with Riverside Medical Group to help streamline the sign-up process for Hoboken healthcare workers, and plans to work closely with them on logistics to maximize vaccine distribution during the 1B phase. The City anticipates Riverside to continue receiving vaccine supplies from the State during the 1B phase and beyond.

More information on vaccines

For more information on the vaccination process in New Jersey, visit the State’s vaccine website at https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine.