By: Michael Mandarino, Follow South Jersey Managing Editor
SOUTH JERSEY — New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccination rates haven’t increased by much even as the nationwide rate is on the rise.
According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, the state hasn’t reported more than 18,000 new doses administered on any individual day over the past two weeks. In fact, New Jersey hasn’t reported that many new inoculations since July 9, and it hasn’t reported 20,000 new doses administered since July 2.
More than 69% of all New Jersey residents have now been fully inoculated against COVID-19. As of Monday, the state reported a total of 5,077,477 people who live, work, or study in New Jersey as fully vaccinated. It also reported that 5,682,753 people in the state have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
New Jersey is among the nation’s leaders in terms of COVID-19 vaccination rates, as it ranks sixth in the country in terms of how much of its population is fully inoculated against the pandemic. Although New Jersey is, as Gov. Murphy put it during an interview with CNBC last week, in “very good shape” in its fight against COVID-19, the Delta variant of the virus has caused concern nationwide.
Concerns over the Delta variant prompted Gov. Murphy to publicly state the possibility of a mask mandate returning to New Jersey — though that isn’t the course of action he wants to take.
“For the time being, I hope we don’t have to do that,” Gov. Murphy said of reintroducing a mask mandate. “If we have to, we will.”
Crucially, new data from the CDC indicates that the seven-day average of COVID-19 vaccines doses administered in the United States is as high as it’s been in two weeks. According to CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins, the CDC reported a rolling seven-day average of 582,659 shots per day.
Since the global effort to vaccinate people against COVID-19 began, vaccine misinformation has spread rapidly and led to some people feeling hesitant to get inoculated. Although some conservative news outlets and personalities have continued to push the false notion that the COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous or bad for you, others — including prominent FOX News host Sean Hannity — have urged their viewers to get vaccinated.
“It absolutely makes sense for many Americans to get vaccinated,” Hannity said last Monday. “I believe in science. I believe in the science of vaccinations.”
As we’ve known for the past seven months, the currently-available COVID-19 vaccine models are safe and effective in preventing the pandemic’s spread and its more serious consequences — including hospitalizations and deaths. As the CDC’s latest reported numbers indicate, more and more Americans are coming to this realization and rolling up their sleeves.
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