MORRISTOWN, NJ - As of Monday, April 19th, all individuals age 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

Anyone interested in getting a vaccination should register now to ensure the earliest appointment when you become eligible.

"With an expected increase in vaccine allocation from the federal government, coupled with our extensive network of vaccination distribution sites, we can confidently expand our eligibility to all individuals ages 16 and older who live, work or study in New Jersey on April 19,” said Gov. Phil Murphy during his COVID-19 press briefing on Monday, April 5 — the same day that New Jerseyans age 55 and older and those who fall into several more high-risk groups were added to the list (click here).

“Over the last several months, our administration has worked closely with our communities and federal partners to ensure an efficient, accessible and equitable vaccination program,” he said. “Together, we have administered 4.7 million doses of vaccine and opened more than 750 vaccination sites across the state, with 98.7% of all New Jerseyans living within five miles of where they can receive a vaccine."

State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli added that her department encourages residents to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity.

“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,” said Persichilli.