Vaccination

About 26% of New Jersey residents 18 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — slightly higher than the national average of about 23%, according to government statistics.

In New Jersey, the fully vaccinated rate ranges from a low of 16% in Hudson County to a high of 35% in Cape May County, an analysis of state data by 70and73.com shows. The rates in Burlington and Camden counties are 28% and 29% respectively. All data are reported as of 8 a.m. Tuesday. See full county-by-county table below.

The expansion of the vaccinated comes as New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that everyone 16 years and older in the state will be eligible to receive the vaccine effective April 19, which is two weeks ahead of the scheduled May 1 date.

"With increasing supply of vaccine from the federal government, New Jersey has been ramping up the pace of doses administered and adding points of dispensing across the state, allowing us to extend eligibility to all adults sooner than expected," New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said in a statement.

» MORE: See the CDC's state-by-state vaccination comparison.

Effective this past Monday, all residents 55 and older were eligible to get the vaccine. A wide range of residents younger than 55 have been eligible over time and Monday the list was expanded to include higher education educators and staff, librarians and library staff, the retail financial sector, laundry service workers, building and home services workers, communications infrastructure and IT workers, utilities workers, sanitation workers and members of the media.

COVID-19 vaccination progress in NJ

As of Monday, 32% of all adults, age 18 and older, had been fully vaccinated. The state's goal is to reach 70% by June 30. Population counts are based on the Census Bureau's American Community Survey five-year estimate for 2019.

SOURCE: 70and73.com analysis of NJ data | As of April 12, 2021

County At least one dose Fully vaccinated % at least one % fully vaccinated
New Jersey 3,461,239 2,192,021 50% 32%
Atlantic 108,285 69,257 52% 33%
Bergen 376,859 253,694 51% 35%
Burlington 177,607 121,096 50% 34%
Camden 200,269 138,167 51% 35%
Cape May 42,417 31,404 55% 41%
Cumberland 48,709 31,014 42% 27%
Essex 278,559 161,277 46% 27%
Gloucester 117,996 83,705 52% 37%
Hudson 226,604 112,874 43% 21%
Hunterdon 50,190 29,797 50% 30%
Mercer 140,223 87,248 48% 30%
Middlesex 300,746 180,841 47% 28%
Monmouth 250,606 161,712 51% 33%
Morris 234,927 154,133 61% 40%
Ocean 163,964 99,098 36% 22%
Passaic 203,032 137,077 53% 36%
Salem 21,494 14,154 44% 29%
Somerset 141,562 88,349 55% 34%
Sussex 53,398 34,197 47% 30%
Union 193,946 112,617 46% 27%
Warren 33,442 22,590 39% 27%
Unknown 11,391 12,085 --- ---
Out of State 85,013 55,635 --- ---