New Jersey Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to All Residents Aged 65 and Older

By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor

TRENTON, N.J. — On Wednesday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that all residents aged 65 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Residents between the ages of 16 and 64 are also now eligible to receive the vaccine. Gov. Murphy announced the change, which is based on federal guidelines, on Wednesday morning before providing more details on the news at his coronavirus briefing on Wednesday afternoon.

“Over the last several months, our Administration has built the infrastructure and laid the groundwork to support New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccination demand,” Gov. Murphy said in a press release. “Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are ready to begin ramping up our vaccination efforts exponentially and are confident in our ability to provide every willing New Jersey resident with a vaccine when it is available and they are eligible.”

At this time, community members classified in the phase 1A and 1B categories are eligible to receive the vaccine. Front-line health care workers have been prioritized throughout the vaccination process, and long-term health care facility staffers and residents, and first responders such as law enforcement and firefighting professionals are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

Regardless of which phase you’re classified in, you can sign up to ensure your COVID-19 vaccination through the state here.

As of 10:15 a.m. on January 14, New Jersey’s COVID-19 dashboard reported that more than 287,000 vaccine doses have been administered. More than 33,000 people have been fully vaccinated with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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