NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today that a total of 1,244,224 vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey as of mid-morning Friday. Of those vaccinations, 933,160 were first doses and 310,529 second doses.
"At the rate that we are going at the moment, roughly 30,000 first doses a day, we should anticipate exceeding 1 million first doses over the next couple of days," said Murphy, who is still under self-imposed quarantine after a family member tested positive. (The governor himself has tested negative.)
Murphy said that the state is preparing to launch the first of its community-based vaccination sites being supported by faith leaders, community organizations, and local officials and health departments.
"These locations are being strategically placed in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, in some of our most diverse and socioeconomically challenged communities," Murphy said.
"These sites will operate seven days a week for two weeks, and then they will return to administer second doses. To stay on track toward our goal of equity in these high-need communities, these sites will be closed points of distribution for members of the immediate community only," Murphy explained. "Appointments will be required for vaccination at these sites and will be handled directly through partnering community organizations, places of worship, and local community leaders."
The governor also said that he is "extraordinarily pleased" by the Biden administration’s announcement about securing an additional 200 million doses by the end of July over what had already been ordered, although he admitted that these doses will take some time to get to us.
"While our vaccine allotment from the federal government is increasing, it is not at the point where our mega-sites, in particular, can operate to the capacities to which they’ve been purpose-built," he said. "We still have tremendous testing capacity, and we still need the data that comes from testing to ensure we take proper action to prevent further spread.
To find a testing location near you, visit: http://covid19.nj.gov/testing.
Latest COVID Numbers
- 3,285 new positive PCR tests; 660,067 total PCR tests
- 775 new positive antigen tests; 79,995 total antigen tests
- 64 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, which brings the statewide confirmed total to 20,147
- The positivity rate for all PCR tests recorded on Feb. 8 was 7.19% (based on 59,741 PCR tests).
- The statewide rate of transmission is 0.81.
The total number of patients being treated in New Jersey's hospitals dropped again Thursday to a recent low of 2,565, which breaks down to 2,370 known COVID-positive patients and 195 others who are awaiting their test results. Of this population, 525 were in intensive care with 336 ventilators were in use. A total of 367 live patients were discharged, while another 261 new positive COVID patients were admitted.
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