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Gottheimer promotes COVID-19 booster shots for eligible New Jersey residents

Booster shots available to residents 65+, and those 18+ who have underlying medical conditions or who work or live in high-risk settings

PARAMUS, NJ (Bergen County)U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Wednesday visited the COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic at New Bridge Medical Center to encourage residents, who are eligible, to get the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot — to keep North Jersey families, seniors, and local communities protected.

Booster shots are available to Pfizer vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least six months ago and who are: 

  • 65 years and older
  • 18 years or older and have underlying medical conditions
  • 18 years or older and work in high-risk settings
  • 18 years or older and live in high-risk settings
  • 18 years or older and live in long-term care settings

Gottheimer was joined Wednesday by Bergen New Bridge Medical Center CEO and President Deborah Visconi, New Bridge Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jon Varbaro, and frontline health care workers.

“Let me be clear: If you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine booster, please get it. Please get it as soon as possible. It is free, it is easy, and it will help you keep yourself, your family, and your community safe,” Gottheimer said. “We have gotten through the worst parts of this pandemic together, and we are starting to come out on the other side — thanks to the tireless work of our frontline health care professionals and to the COVID-19 vaccines. But, we know that to beat the virus once and for all, everyone must get vaccinated and everyone who is eligible must get a COVID-19 vaccine booster.”

“COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and getting vaccinated is the way for us to emerge from this pandemic,” said Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. “With the onset of colder weather driving people indoors, I cannot urge you strongly enough to get your booster or third shot if eligible and if you are still unvaccinated, please come and get your shot.”

“It is incredibly important that everyone who requires a booster or third dose gets one.  Additionally, those who are eligible to receive a dose should consider it,” said Gian Varbaro, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. “Even more importantly, anybody who still has not received any COVID-19 vaccination should come in to get vaccinated as it is our best tool for protecting ourselves and our community. We know that the overwhelming majority of those hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated.”

“Hopefully, in the coming weeks booster shots will be available to those who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as well,” Gottheimer said.

For CDC information on COVID-19 vaccine booster shot, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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