Paterson NJ mobile COVID-19 vaccine program ends
Paterson NJ mobile COVID-19 vaccine program ends

Paterson NJ mobile COVID-19 vaccine program ends

PATERSON – City officials on Tuesday stopped providing COVID-19 vaccines and testing on weekday evenings, a service cut that Mayor Andre Sayegh attributed to a declining number of attendees.

Sayegh said residents appeared to be getting the vaccines and tests they needed from other sources.

But Paterson’s health worker, Dr. Paul Persaud, said he disagreed with the decision, arguing that the program was an important part of the city’s fight against the pandemic. Persaud warned that the cut could make Paterson vulnerable.

“I do not think it’s a good idea,” said the health officer, who previously called Sayegh “the vaccination mayor” at public events on Paterson’s COVID-19 programs.

Persaud and Sayegh have previously said that 100% of Paterson residents aged 18 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine. Persaud said Tuesday that only 31% of the city’s residents have received booster shots, which he said is one of the lowest rates in Passaic County.

Dr.  Paul Persaud, director of the Paterson Division of Health, speaks to the media while Paterson's Mayor Andre Sayegh watches during the celebration of Three Kings Day outside Paterson City Hall, Thursday, January 6, 2022.

Paterson had delivered COVID-19 vaccines and tests Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. 17:00 to 21:00 from a van from the health department that visited various neighborhoods, part of what Sayegh has proclaimed as the city’s “on demand” pandemic services. The initiative for the mobile device started with COVID-19 tests in October 2020 and expanded to include vaccines in May last year.

The van will still be sent out on Saturday from kl. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., officials said. Residents can also get vaccines and tests at the city health office on weekdays during the same hours, officials said.

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