TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday reported that four of the state's six vaccine mega-sites were closed Thursday due to the winter storm, resulting in a slowdown in vaccinations.
"Our vaccine numbers didn’t grow by as much as they otherwise would have," Gov. Murphy said. "As of midmorning, we are reporting a total of 1,559,569 vaccinations having been administered, shots in the arms already done, across the state. That includes more than 1.1 million administered first doses, and more than 456,000 second doses."
Murphy said that weather issues have impacted the delivery of new doses, and because planes at major hubs for both FedEx and UPS were grounded due to the weather, this week's delivery has not made it to the state on time.
"We are working with all of our vaccinators for them to use existing inventory to satisfy their current appointments," Murphy said. "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."
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The governor has directed New Jersey sites to prepare to ramp up operations and extend hours to efficiently manage this delay once their doses do arrive.
"We know that the doses that we have been allocated will eventually be delivered. The rescheduling of your appointment is a result of these weather-related delivery delays," he explained. "This is not a matter of how many doses we will get -- we know the number -- but rather a matter of when we will get them."
"We simply ask everyone for a little patience considering the latest kink Mother Nature has thrown into the works – here and nationally," he said.
Murphy also provided an update on long-term care vaccinations:
- 1,083 facilities have completed their first clinic,
- 873 facilities have completed their second clinic,
- 167 facilities have completed their third clinic
- 190,083 total vaccinations administered
- 70% administered rate
Latest NJ COVID Numbers
- 2,679 new positive PCR tests; 678,306 total PCR tests
- 593 new positive antigen tests; 83,192 total antigen tests
- Statewide rate of transmission: 0.91.
- Positivity rate for the 43,848 PCR tests recorded on Monday: 7.58%
- 2,202 patients in our hospitals with 443 patients in ICUs and 300 ventilators in use
- 323 live patients discharged
- 216 COVID-positive patients admitted
- 33 in-hospital deaths; 64 confirmed COVID19 deaths in the state, bringing the cumulative total of confirmed deaths to 20,495.
"Folks, keep doing what you're doing. We are in active discussions on a whole range of fronts, including other potential steps that we could take to open the state," Murphy said. "If it weren't for the variants, I think those discussions would have bigger aspirations and maybe be happening sooner, but what we don't want to do is lurch forward and have to pull back."