Vaccinations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are being administered at several more sites in New Jersey on Thursday, the first day more than 4 million additional people became eligible to receive the shots.
Currently, there are 128 vaccination sites listed on the state’s website as health officials move forward with a plan to inoculate 70% of the adult population.
But Murphy announced Wednesday that anyone 65 or older and those between 16 and 64 with specific medical conditions can make appointments for vaccines starting today.
This includes 1.47 million who are 65 and older, 2 million smokers and up to 1 million others with chronic health conditions. (Smokers are considered to have a high-risk health condition).
Lawmakers are also pushing for teachers to be vaccinated, pointing to other states like New York, which has prioritized educators for the shots.
In the next six months, New Jersey plans to vaccinate about 4.7 million people. The general public should be able to receive the vaccinations by April or May, according to state and federal officials.
There will be six distribution mega-site across New Jersey, officials have said. Murphy has said more are coming with up to 259 location planned.
State officials have asked people to register to receive the vaccine online, but a confirmation is not required to make an appointment once you become eligible.
Here’s the latest list of vaccine sites listed by the state, though the availability of doses may affect appointment times. Supplies may also fluctuate daily as the federal government sends more vaccines to states.
As of Thursday, at least 277,118 doses had been given across the state out of 654,900 doses distributed to New Jersey, according to the state’s dashboard and the CDC’s tracker. According to the state, 245,785 have received a first dose and 31,239 have received the second one.
More than 1.2 million people have registered on the state’s online portal to receive the vaccine, officials have said.
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