By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
SOUTH JERSEY — On Monday morning, New Jersey’s COVID-19 dashboard reported that more than six million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine models have now been administered throughout the state.
As of 10:39 a.m. on Monday, 6,007,738 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered statewide. Of those, 2,476,998 people are fully inoculated against the pandemic. Despite the current pause on the use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine model, it took New Jersey just 10 days to add an additional million vaccinations after reaching 5,000,000 doses administered on April 9.
New Jersey is now more than halfway to its goal of fully inoculating 70% of its adult population — or 4.7 million residents — by the beginning of summer. The 2,476,998 fully vaccinated adults in the state represent approximately 52.7% of the target number, and despite the current pause on use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine model, the state is still on track to achieve that goal.
As of Monday morning, all New Jersey residents aged 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents who signed up for the state’s COVID-19 vaccine directory received an email early on Monday morning with instructions about how to sign up for an appointment to get vaccinated through New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccine finder, which you can access here.
Previously, all adults aged 55 and older and a smattering of essential workers were made eligible for the vaccine on April 5. New Jersey opening up vaccines to all adult residents happened a bit later than other states, but the expansion of eligibility is in line with President Joe Biden’s desire for all American adults to be eligible for inoculation by April 19.
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