By: Alysa Rubin, Writer / Follow South Jersey Public Health Intern
TRENTON, N.J. — On Friday, Governor Phil Murphy signed a new executive order stating that all New Jersey residents who choose to receive the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine will be enrolled into New Jersey’s vaccine registry.
The registry currently allows all residents born before January 1, 1998 to opt into the program. All residents born after this date are enrolled automatically. However, any individual who receives the COVID-19 vaccine will be enrolled in the registry automatically, regardless of birth date.
Residents will be allowed to opt out of the registry 30 days after the expiration of the public health emergency.
“As we continue to prepare for the first tranche of vaccines in New Jersey, we are exploring every avenue to maximize efficacy and efficiency,” Gov. Murphy said in a press release. “We’re taking this step today to ensure that New Jerseyans who choose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine get the most effective course, on the proper timetable, without logistical or bureaucratic hurdles in the way.”
In October, Gov. Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli outlined the vaccine distribution plan for New Jersey residents.
Health care workers, residents older than the age of 65, residents with underlying conditions who live in locations where social distancing is not possible, and essential workers will be considered high priority for receiving the vaccine in that order. The state set a goal of vaccinating 70% of the adult population within six months of the vaccine’s arrival in New Jersey.
The vaccines will be distributed locally through local health departments, hospitals, federally-qualified health centers, and pharmacies.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.