TRENTON, NJ — Severe winter weather across the country this week has delayed the delivery of six million doses of the coronavirus vaccine nationwide, including 230,000 shots on their way to New Jersey.
“Because planes at major hubs for both FedEx and UPS have been grounded due to the weather, this week’s delivery has not made it to us on time,” Gov. Murphy said at his Feb 19 COVID-19 press briefing. “We are working with all of our vaccinators for them to use existing inventory to satisfy their current appointments. However, we are keenly aware that not all sites have the inventory on hand to be able to do this, and this will result in many appointments needing to be rescheduled.”
During the press briefing, State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli acknowledged what she called “the tremendous imbalance between the supply of vaccine and the demand for appointments, and the shipping delays have just added another layer of strain to our ongoing supply challenges.”
Currently, 2.4 million New Jerseyans are searching for a limited number of appointments, she said. “We have been notified that nationally, vaccine allotments will increase. We are patiently awaiting to learn of that impact on our supply. So again, while acknowledging the public's frustration, I ask for your continued patience until we receive increased supplies from the federal government,” she added.
As of Feb 19, nearly 1.6 million vaccinations have been administered across the state, including more than 1.1 million first doses and more than 456,000 second doses. Of those, 190,083 vaccinations have been administered at New Jersey’s long-term care facilities, representing a nearly 70% administration rate, according to the state’s latest numbers.
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