TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky, NJ Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli, and other officials were on hand to witness Union City senior citizens become among New Jersey's first recipients of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.

"Today, I witnessed some of the very first New Jerseyans receive their first — and ONLY — dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID19 vaccine,” the governor said. “This day, and this vaccine, is a game-changer in our fight to save lives and defeat this virus.”

“It’s an incredible source of Jersey pride for us all that Johnson & Johnson, one of our state’s most iconic companies, developed the only single-dose COVID-19 shot,” Murphy said at a press conference. “Working with Johnson & Johnson, we will meet our goals for vaccine production, delivery, and distribution.”

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The governor also took pride today in reporting that the state is “getting shots in arms quickly and equitably.” As of Friday morning, the state has now administered 2,333,723 vaccine doses (1,544,835 first doses and 788,782 second doses). According to Bloomberg Business, New Jersey currently ranks 5th of all states in percentage of shots used and 8th of all states in doses administered per day.

“We won’t stop until every New Jerseyan who wants to be vaccinated is vaccinated,” Murphy said.

Latest COVID Numbers

  • 3,347 new positive PCR tests and 715,889 total positive PCR tests overall
  • 437 new positive antigen tests and 90,481 total positive antigen tests overall
  • 35 new confirmed deaths, bringing the state's loss of life to 21,124 total confirmed deaths


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