A medical facility in Bergen County is already distributing the second COVID-19 reminder to people over 50. It was prepared within 24 hours of the practice being approved by the Food & Drug Administration.
Donald Robertson of Paramus was one of the first to arrive at New Bridge Medical Center for the fourth shot. He is an army veteran who says he plans to travel overseas soon.
“With the new variants, who knows what will happen,” he says. “I just want to be protected, and I think I will be.”
Dozens of people registered for the fourth shooting at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. Donna Lee was one of them. She says she spends a lot of time with her young grandchildren.
“If it’s been recommended, it’s obviously been researched. So go ahead, get vaccinated and protect yourself,” Lee says.
Doctors at the facility say they expect to see more people sign up for the fourth vaccine. They say it can improve not only the quality, but also the quantity or duration of immunity to COVID-19.
“It’s nice to see so many people taking care of themselves and, quite frankly, taking care of others,” says Dr Gian Varbaro, Chief Medical Officer. “When you vaccinate, you’re not just protecting yourself, you’re protecting everyone around you. You are helping to end the pandemic.
New Bridge will also bring booster shots to the community for those who cannot make it to the center but wish to be vaccinated.
“We go to communities of vulnerability, communities of color, and we work with our faith leaders and other leaders in our community to identify communities that may need vaccines or testing,” says Deborah Visconi, president and CEO of New Bridge.
Visconi says the fourth blow comes as interest in COVID vaccines and testing has slowed. She says it’s a reminder that the virus is still there.
Doctors are recommending patients recently treated for COVID with certain medications wait to receive a booster. The best advice is to talk to your own doctor to see if you should get the fourth shot.