By: Alysa Rubin, Writer / Follow South Jersey Public Health Intern
SOUTH JERSEY — In another significant milestone in the fight against COVID-19, New Jersey has administered over 1 million full vaccines to residents.
According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, the number of full vaccine doses administered crossed the 1,000,000 mark as of Monday, March 15. As of Friday, 1.1 million people had received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson model).
The dashboard states that the total vaccine doses administered has now topped three million. As of Friday, the state had administered 3,303,734 total doses of the vaccine. New Jersey has managed to administer 500,000 doses of the vaccine in each of the last two full weeks, but it may fall just short of that mark this week.
However, some of the vaccines like the Moderna and Pfizer shots require two separate doses to be fully effective. It’s important to keep in mind that the total vaccine doses given does not reflect the number of fully inoculated people in the state.
Currently, according to the state’s health department, New Jersey is giving vaccinations to residents who fall into the 1A and 1B categories. Those include:
- Paid and unpaid healthcare workers
- Residents and workers of long-term care and high-risk congregate care facilities
- First responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals
- Individuals aged over 65
- Individuals aged 16-64 that have certain medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus
- Pre-K to 12 educators and staff
- Childcare workers in licensed and registered settings
- Transportation workers
- Additional public safety workers
- Additional high-risk individuals
Although the state is on track to administer 4.7 million vaccine doses by the end of May — its initial goal — it’ll likely fall short of having that many adults fully vaccinated by that time.
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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.