New Jersey Adds Three New Incentive Programs to ‘Operation Jersey Summer’

By: Katie Francis, Writer / Follow South Jersey Public Health Intern

TRENTON, N.J. — “Operation Jersey Summer” is adding even more reasons for Garden State residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with three new incentives. Gov. Phil Murphy announced the news at Island Beach State Park on Wednesday in hopes to increase immunizations in the state.

The first incentive, “Uncork the Vaccination,” is similar to the existing “Shot for a Beer” program. This incentive allows New Jersey residents to receive a free glass of wine at one of nine participating wineries in the state, including South Jersey’s Auburn Road Vineyards in Pilesgrove and the White Horse Winery in Hammonton. To qualify for this incentive, residents must be aged 21 or older, and they must have received at least their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in the month of May.

Gov. Murphy threw his hat into the ring by inviting vaccinated residents to have dinner with him and First Lady Tammy Murphy. New Jersey residents who have received their first shot any time before the end of this month are eligible to enter for a chance to win dinner with the governor and his wife. This incentive includes dinner and a private tour with one guest at either Drumthwacket mansion or Gov. Murphy’s residence at Island Beach State Park.

The last incentive, “Vax & Visit,” is open to all New Jerseyans who have received at least one shot by July 4. These residents can register for a free season State Parks Vax Pass, which allows free access to every state park in New Jersey for the rest of the year. Registration begins next Thursday, and people who have already purchased their season passes are eligible for cost reimbursement.

As of Friday morning, New Jersey’s COVID-19 dashboard reported that the state has fully inoculated 3,850,808 residents. The state has administered a total of 8,268,420 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine models, and 4,721,918 New Jersey residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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.