TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.
"We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30th," Murphy said. "I’m also pleased to announce that Tammy and I both went online yesterday and made our appointments to be vaccinated at the Atlantic City megasite this Friday."
Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli emphasized during the press briefing that the state is working to ensure equitable access to vaccine, particularly to under-served populations and communities of color.
"We are working with churches and local leaders to get individuals to community-based vaccination sites in ten cities that have the highest social vulnerability index. More than 54,000 doses have been administered at these sites," she said. "The FEMA community vaccination center in Newark, which has the capacity to vaccinate 6,000 individuals per day is making great progress with more than 44,300 vaccines administered at this center that opened last week."
"Overall, we are seeing increases in our minority populations receiving vaccinations throughout our state, but we have a long way to go," Persichilli added. "The race ethnicity breakdown is as follows: white 56.5; Hispanic/Latino 9.52%, that’s about 4.5 points up from early February; Black is 5.8%, that’s about 2.5 points increase since early February; and Asian is 8.8%, which is a 3 point increase from early February."
During the press briefing, Murphy showed a chart that shows the high points in the state's best-case, moderate-case, and high-case scenarios and an estimation of the dates on which those numbers are expected to be reached. The governor said that in both the best-case and moderate-case models, the numbers would decline consistently over the summer. In the high-case scenario, the curve would stall-out at a higher range, have a second uptick in mid-June, and a slower decline throughout the rest of the summer.
Latest New Jersey COVID Numbers
- 3,578 new positive PCR tests, raising the pandemic total to 824,179 total PCR tests.
- 1,067 new positive antigen tests, which increases the total to 113,800 positive antigen tests.
- The positivity rate recorded on Saturday, April 3, was 12.37%.
- The statewide rate of transmission is currently 1.04.
- 45 confirmed COVID deaths.
- 2,375 patients in New Jersey hospitals with 455 patients in ICUs and 249 ventilators in use
- 338 live patients discharged and 367 COVID-positive patients admitted