By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
SOUTH JERSEY — All six of New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccine mega sites will be open to walk-in appointments, a decision that took effect on Thursday.
The Atlantic City COVID-19 vaccine mega site, which initially allowed walk-in appointments in the afternoon, will be open for walk-ins from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gloucester County’s COVID-19 vaccine mega site at the campus of Rowan College of South Jersey in Deptford Township will be open for walk-ins from 8 a.m. to noon and 2-6 p.m.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced this news through his Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.
All adult residents aged 16 and older have been eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey for 11 days, and the state’s efforts to inoculate 70% of its adult population — or approximately 4.7 million people — have ramped up since then. As of Friday, New Jersey’s COVID-19 dashboard reported a total of 6,991,176 doses administered throughout the state. Of those, 4,231,429 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 3,011,118 people are fully inoculated after receiving both doses of Pfizer or Moderna’s models — or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
This week, Gov. Murphy announced a number of eased restrictions related to COVID-19 — including an expansion of capacity at large venues and certain indoor events to 50%. New Jersey’s general outdoor gathering limit will be boosted up to 500 people effective May 10, but these aren’t the last expansions the state is expected to make. Gov. Murphy is expected to make more announcements related to New Jersey’s reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming weeks and months, beginning Monday as the state’s plans to reopen are “accelerating.”
Although New Jersey officials feel that the state has turned a corner regarding its fight against COVID-19, they are still urging residents to wear masks at indoor public places and gatherings and launching public health campaigns to encourage hesitant residents to get vaccinated.
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