MURPHY GETS VACCINE SHOT

Gov. Phil Murphy gets his first vaccination dose on Friday, April 9 at the Atlantic City megasite.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he remains confident the state will reach its goal of vaccinating 70% of the adult population against COVID-19 by June 30.

More than 2.1 million New Jersey adults — nearly one-third of all people 18 and older — had been fully vaccinated with doses one and two as of Monday, the state reported. About half of the adult population in the state has had at least one dose.

Speaking at Monday's state COVID-19 briefing, Murphy said New Jersey is on target with its goal to vaccinate 4.7 million adults, or 7 out of 10 in that population, by the end of June. "We feel confident and comfortable to continue to say that," Murphy said.

Nationally, about 29% of the 18-and-older population had been fully vaccinated by Monday morning, according to the CDC. New Jersey's percentage was 32%.

"Please take whatever vaccination is available to you," state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said at Monday's state COVID-19 briefing. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one.

A growing percentage of residents hospitalized with COVID-19 are younger residents, Persichilli disclosed.

"Overall, 48% of the new hospitalizations (over the weekend) were under the age of 60. This is a shift from our prior experience," she said.

By county, Hudson and Ocean counties had the lowest rates of 21% and 22% fully vaccinated, respectively, according to a 70and73.com analysis of state data. The highest rates were in Morris and Cape May counties, with rates of 40% and 41% respectively. Burlington stood at 34% and Camden was at 35%. (See county rates in the table, below.)

Murphy said 75% of state residents 65 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The national percentage for the same group is nearly 79%, the CDC reported.

The demand for vaccinations continues to outstrip the supply of the vaccine, Murphy said, particularly with allocations of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine expected to temporarily drop in the next couple of weeks.

However, several vaccination sites in New Jersey, including Atlantic City and Camden County, report they have appointments available. Appointments for those eligible can be made at the Camden County clinic in Blackwood through camdencountyvaccine.com or by calling (856) 549-0530, the county said in a statement Monday morning.

All state residents 16 and older will be eligible for the vaccine beginning next Monday, April 19.


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 --- ---