Health officials will begin vaccinating residents from the city’s mobile health unit on Thursday.
Residents will be given the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
“There’s still vaccine hesitancy in our community. We want to combat that,” said mayor Andre Sayegh earlier in the week in launching the effort. “If you won’t come to us, we’re going to come to you.”
Sayegh, who received the Johnson and Johnson shot, said the vaccine is safe. Federal health officials determined the vaccine’s benefit outweighs any potential risks.
Vaccination will be done from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
“We understand that for various reasons a large number of Patersonians may not be able to get vaccinated during regular daytime hours so we are taking the vaccine to them during the evenings, nights and weekends. No appointments are needed,” said health officer Paul Persaud.
Persaud said the same mobile unit that provided Covid-19 tests to residents will now provide both testing and vaccination. He said the mobile unit will reach the city’s most vulnerable populations in all six wards.
Nurses will administer the vaccination using the mobile unit outside of the Banana King on 21st Avenue beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
For more information residents should visit patersonnjhealth.gov or call 973-321-1277 and press 0 for operator.