By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
SOUTH JERSEY — On Monday, New Jersey’s COVID-19 dashboard reported that three million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered throughout the state, which capped off another week of 500,000 doses administered.
According to the dashboard’s data, 3,007,152 doses of the vaccine had been administered as of 9 a.m. Monday. Of those, 1,003,444 were either the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna models or the single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s model. The CDC defines an individual as fully vaccinated two weeks after they receive their second shot or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
New Jersey reached 2,000,000 total doses administered exactly two weeks ago today. It took three weeks for the state to reach that milestone after initially reaching 1,000,000 doses administered on February 8. New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout started slowly and there are still many community members who have been eligible to receive a vaccine for months. However, the fact that New Jersey put one million doses in arms over the last 14 days is a significant improvement.
The state has “actively conduct[ed] outreach” to residents older than the age of 75 with the goal of scheduling vaccine appointments in response to their longer wait times to get vaccinated. Initially, New Jersey set a goal of vaccinating 70% of its adult population — or 4.7 million people — within the vaccine rollout’s first six months. It’s on track to surpass 4.7 million doses administered by the end of May, but whether or not 4.7 million people are fully vaccinated by that time is an entirely different question.
Today, people in the following categories officially became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:
- Childcare workers in licensed and registered settings
- Public and local transportation workers, including bus, taxi, rideshare, and airport employees
- NJ TRANSIT workers
- Motor Vehicle Commission staff
- Public safety workers who are not sworn law enforcement or fire professionals, including probation officers and fire safety inspectors
- Migrant farm workers
- Members of tribal communities
- Individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in shelters, including domestic violence shelters
In exactly two weeks, community members in the following categories/workplaces will become eligible to receive the vaccine:
- 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
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