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Paterson residents should get their booster shots as cases surge, says health official

By Jayed Rahman
Published: December 17, 2021

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As Covid-19 cases surge in Paterson, the city’s public health officer is urging residents to get their booster shots.

Paterson had 145 Covid-19 cases on Thursday, highest number of reported cases in seven months. It had 104 cases on Wednesday. Cases jumped nearly 40 percent in 24 hours.

“Covid-19 is on the rise with break through infections even among those that are fully vaccinated,” said health officer Paul Persaud. “Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, it slows transmission, and helps to reduce the emergence of new variants. COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.”

Mayor Andre Sayegh has hosted multiple press conferences over the past weeks to highlight the importance of getting Covid-19 booster shots. Paterson has one of the highest vaccination rates in New Jersey.

“If you are fully vaccinated encourage others to get vaccinated and get a booster,” said Persaud. He said the city also deployed its booster shot cruiser which is promoting vaccination throughout the city.

Residents can get their Covid-19 shots, including boosters, at the Division of Health in downtown Paterson or at the mobile unit.

Paterson Division of Health
176 Broadway
Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 973-321-1277 for further information.

Mobile Unit: Various locations throughout city
Monday to Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Call 973-322-1277 or 973-703-2403 for locations.


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