For Immediate Release: 2/16/21

Hudson County Launches Awareness Campaign to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance

Darice Toon:‘Trust the Science, Be a Part of the Solution’ 

KEARNY, N.J. — Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise is launching a new public awareness campaign featuring a diverse set of county residents that is designed to increase acceptance of COVID-19 vaccines, particularly in communities of color. The campaign will include a variety of digital media and other types of outreach, and it begins today with its first video featuring Hudson County Director of Health & Human Services Darice Toon speaking about why she decided to get the vaccine. The video ad is available here:

“Darice Toon’s message to Hudson County residents is both simple and powerful: ‘trust the science, be a part of the solution,’ and I commend her for speaking out about this incredibly important issue,” said County Executive DeGise. “In order to beat back this pandemic we will need as many people as possible to get vaccinated and that means confronting some very real and historically justified fears, particularly in Black and Latino communities. That’s exactly why this campaign is so important and why we are excited to start it today.”

About the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center: The Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center is operated by Hudson Regional Health Commission and overseen by County Executive Tom DeGise’s Vaccine Task Force, which includes representatives from the Hudson County Improvement Authority, the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management, County Department of Roads and Public Property, the Hudson County Schools of Technology and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office. The center is located at the USS Juneau Center at 110 Hackensack in Kearny. Eligible individuals can make an appointment online by visiting


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