By: Katie Francis, Follow South Jersey Public Health Intern
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey has now administered more than 10,000,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – a milestone the state crossed over the recent holiday weekend. This is another momentous milestone for the state in its efforts against COVID-19.
According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, 10,078,605 doses have been administered at New Jersey vaccination sites as of Friday morning. An additional 352,743 doses were recorded out of state and from federal programs, making the total number of doses administered 10,431,348. More than 5.5 million New Jersey residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 4,926,115 New Jerseyans are fully inoculated against the pandemic.
As one of the hardest hit states in the country, New Jersey is one of the leading states in the nation’s fight against COVID-19. According to statistics from the New York Times, the Garden State is among the top ten states when it comes to the percentage of people given at least one shot. Vermont leads the pack at 74%, followed by Massachusetts (71%), Hawaii (70%), Connecticut (68%), Maine (67%), Rhode Island (65%), and New Mexico, New Jersey and Pennsylvania at 63%.
Out of more than 10 million shots in arms at New Jersey sites, the majority of doses administered were the Pfizer model, which accounts for 56% of all New Jersey vaccinations.Pfizer is followed by Moderna at 40%, and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson model accounts for 4% of New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccinations.
Like the rest of the United States, COVID-19 vaccination progress has slowed significantly in New Jersey over the past few weeks. The state, however, achieved its goal of fully vaccinating 70% of its adult population before the end of June. The six COVID-19 vaccine mega sites have either shut down or are in the process of shutting down as New Jersey shifts to a more localized focus to the vaccination effort. Over the past few weeks, the United States has shifted its focus on fighting vaccine misinformation and targeting areas with significantly lower COVID-19 vaccine rates.
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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.