NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday that a total of 1,244,224 vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey. 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.
Murphy also 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.
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