New Jersey residents 55 and older and those 16 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities are among the next group of people eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in early April, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Friday.
The latest group of people also includes higher education teachers and staffers, communication support workers, sanitation workers and members of the media.
“I know everyone is anxious to get their shot,” Murphy said at an event at Kean University in Union Township.
The eligibility expansion is possible because of the increasing doses and the Newark site’s opening, Murphy said.
By comparison, about 14.3% of the U.S.’s 331 million residents have been vaccinated, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.
Friday’s news comes on the heels of the second of two big expansions Murphy announced earlier this month that allows food service workers and several other groups to begin to schedule their shots on Monday.
- Food production, agriculture and food distribution
- Eldercare and support
- Warehousing and logistics
- Social services support staff
- Elections personnel
- Medical supply chain
- Postal and shipping services
- Judicial system
The list of those who were previously eligible includes:
- Health care workers
- People who live and work at long-term care and high-risk congregate facilities
- First responders
- People 65 and older
- Motor Vehicle Commission workers
- NJ Transit workers and other transportation workers
- Public and local transportation workers, including bus, taxi, ride-share and airport employees
- All public safety personal who have not already been made eligible such as probation officers, child protective service workers and probation officers.
- Members of tribal communities
- Migrant farm workers
- People who are homeless and people living in homeless shelters or domestic violence shelters
- People 16 to 64 who have certain medical conditions
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Down Syndrome
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Overweight or obesity (BMI of 25 or higher)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)