New COVID-19 Vaccine Mega Site Opens in Wayne Mall

A new mega COVID-19 vaccine site opened in Passaic County on Saturday.

The site is located in the former Macy’s department store at the Preakness Shopping Center on Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne.

The site is one of five mega vaccine sites in the state that offers vaccines and boosters and is open to all New Jersey residents.

At St. Joe’s in Passaic County, more than 150 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, including 25 on ventilators.

“We have had 123 deaths between January 3 and today of people with COVID, so we know medically and scientifically that if they are boosted, in addition to injections, they will be protected,” said the deputy director of the commissioner of the Passaic county, Sandi Lazzara.

In Passaic County, 75% of residents have been fully vaccinated. Of these, less than 40% received a reminder. Therefore, the goal of the mega site is to increase the number.

“It’s not just a local issue or a state issue. It’s a pandemic. The whole world is facing this and it needs a response from all of our country,” said Passaic County Commissioner, TJ Best.

The site is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New Jersey residents can make an appointment in line and walk-ins are welcome.

The site should have the capacity to vaccinate 1,000 people a day when it becomes fully operational.

Edwin S. Wolfe