NEW JERSEY -- As of today, New Jersey residents ages 16 and up are now eligible to get vaccinated. 

"Today, everyone who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey, ages 16+, is now eligible to be vaccinated," Gov. Phil Murphy said during his COVID press briefing in Trenton on Mon Apr 19. "At this time, those ages 16 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to be vaccinated."

The governor proudly highlighted the opening of eligibility for people between ages 16 and 54 years old. Until today, only people 55 and older and those who met certain criteria (first responders, teachers, people with certain medical conditions) were able to sign up for the vaccine. Murphy additionally reported the latest vaccination milestones. 

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"New Jersey’s vaccination program continues to rank among the very top in the nation," he said. "With 2,507,736 fully vaccinated New Jerseyans, we’re well more than halfway to our initial goal of 4.7 million by June 30."

  • 6,068,731 total doses have been administered;
  • 2,507,736 fully vaccinated New Jersey residents;
  • 6th in vaccine supply administered;
  • 9th in daily doses administered;
  • 7th in percent of total population having received at least a first dose; and
  • 8th in percent of population being fully vaccinated.

"We have hundreds of vaccination locations across our state, and 98.7 percent of all New Jersey residents live within five miles of where they can get vaccinated," the governor added. "To locate a vaccination center near you, visit"

New Jersey COVID-19 Numbers

  • 1,935 new positive PCR tests, and 860,447 total PCR tests since the pandemic began in March 2020
  • 388 new positive antigen tests ("rapid tests"), raising the total to 120,589 total antigen tests
  • 2,062 patients in NJ hospitals with 435 patients in ICUs and 250 ventilators in use
  • 208 live patients discharged, and 233 COVID-positive patients admitted

Schools update

"Of our public-school districts, charter schools, renaissance schools, and schools for students with disabilities: 186 are open for all in-person instruction, 526 are open for hybrid instruction, 69 are all-remote learning, and 30 are using a combination across buildings," he reported. 


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