TRENTON, NJ -- Individuals ages 65 years and older and those between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions (defined by the CDC) that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination beginning Thursday, Jan. 14, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who shared the news at his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday. The governor also announced that so far, New Jersey has exceeded 250,000 vaccinations statewide, with a current total of 264,681.

"We expect this number to grow quickly over the coming weeks as we ramp up our vaccination program," Murphy said. "If you have pre-registered at our vaccine website, http://covidvaccine.nj.gov, and are now eligible, you should soon be receiving your email that it is your time to make an appointment at a site near you to get your first vaccine dose."

"Our pharmacy partners —  CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens – continue to vaccinate our long-term care residents and staff: 220 nursing home clinics have completed vaccinations, and 28,500 nursing home residents and staff have received (their) first vaccinations,” Murphy said.

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The governor insists that the state's vaccination program is ramping up, and we’re prepared for this task. For more information, a list of vaccination sites statewide, and to pre-register: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/covid-19%20vaccine.

Latest COVID Numbers (as of Tuesday, Jan. 12):

  • 6,922 new positive PCR tests (543,974 total PCR tests);
  • 1,265 new positive antigen tests (58,656 total antigen tests);
  • 3,726 patients in New Jersey hospitals with 648 patients in ICUs and 452 ventilators in use;
  • 438 patients discharged;
  • 460 COVID-positive patients admitted;
  • 62 in-hospital deaths.

"We’ve now crossed the threshold of 20,000 residents* lost to COVID-19. This is more than 25 times the number of New Jerseyans we lost on 9/11," the governor said. "For anyone left who still denies this is real, I don’t think there’s anything else we can say to try to convince you of reality."

"For the overwhelming number of you who understand the battle we are waging, who understand the role we all play, who are taking personal responsibility to new levels – Don't give up," he added. "Better days are ahead. We just need to keep strong."

* Editor's Note: In announcing the figure of 20,000 deaths, Gov. Murphy combined 18,070 confirmed COVID deaths and 2,091 "probable" COVID deaths.