Covid-19 State News

N.J. hits 1 million COVID vaccine doses administered in first 2 months

More than seven weeks after a nurse at University Hospital in Newark received the state’s first coronavirus vaccination shot, New Jersey has hit the 1 million mark for doses administered.

New Jersey reached the milestone over the weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. Of the 1,037,657 shots, 813,216 have been first doses and 224,237 have received both shots and are fully vaccinated.

Officials say demand continues to far outpace supply, but an increase in federal deliveries of the vaccine may help. While the state had previously been getting about 130,000 doses a week, New Jersey is expecting nearly 250,000 next week. The quarter-million includes 111,000 doses set aside for second shots, the state’s top health official said Friday.

“This trend is an imporant one. When we administered our first vaccine on December 15th, it took us 29 days to cross the quarter-million administered,” Murphy said. “And it took another 10 days beyond that for us to exceed 500,000. It has only taken us 16 days for us to go from 500,000 to 1 million. Even with the continued scarcity in supply, and the rescheduling caused by last week’s snowstorm, we have put 500,000 vaccine doses in arms in just a little over two weeks.”

The highest day for vaccine doses was Wednesday when more than 44,000 shots were administered in New Jersey.

New Jersey health officials on Monday reported another 2,218 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 25 additional deaths.

Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Friday there will be a total of 248,150 doses sent to the state this week. The state will get 55,575 Pfizer and 80,900 Moderna first doses, as well as 55,575 Pfizer second doses and 56,100 Moderna second doses.

Front-line health workers are eligible were the first to become eligible for the shots, along with residents of nursing homes, group homes and prisoners. Murphy later expanded eligibility to people 65 and older as well as those 16 to 64 with certain underlying health conditions.
The governor said last week that educators would be next in line.
In December, Murphy said the state aimed to vaccinate about 70% of the adult population in six months. There are 295 vaccination sites in New Jersey.
“We have a good ways to go to reach our ultimate goal,” Murphy said. “We need much greater supply.”

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