By: Kaitlyn Kudriavetz, Writer / Follow South Jersey Child Welfare Intern
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — As New Jersey’s COVID-19 rates steadily decline and vaccines continue to be swiftly distributed, Governor Phil Murphy is more hopeful than ever in accomplishing the state’s goal of 70% vaccination by the time summer begins. One potential byproduct of achieving that goal is outdoor public events.
On Monday, Gov. Murphy discussed the likelihood of certain outdoor events in Atlantic City taking place at his regularly-scheduled COVID-19 briefing. Should New Jersey successfully reach its vaccination goals by the end of spring, the likelihood for outdoor events such as beach concerts and the Atlantic City Air Show happening will increase.
“The beach and air show are higher probability than something indoors,” Gov. Murphy said. “I think something can happen indoors, but I don’t think it will be back to where we’re all piled on top of each other watching a concert.”
With the goal of vaccinating 4.7 million New Jersey residents within six months of the vaccine rollout’s start on December 15, the state has commenced large-scale vaccination since the first vaccination on December 15. It took around 55 days to hit the 1 million vaccine mark.
“This is definitely forward progress, and it shows how we’re working to maximize every dose received from the federal government,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during his COVID-19 briefing on Monday.
As of Wednesday, New Jersey has administered 1,166,824 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of those, 274,911 of those were second doses.
In order to reach the vaccination goals, however, a greater supply of vaccines is essential, he said.
“Make no mistake,” Gov. Murphy said. “While this is a significant milestone, we have a good ways to go to reach our ultimate goal to reach 4.7 [million] vaccinated adults by the beginning of summer.”
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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.