NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 updates over the past several weeks have brought news that the city was at or near the bottom when it comes to percentage of residents who have been vaccinated.
Wednesday, however, the state’s statistics revealed that New Brunswick has seen a jump in the number of residents who have been vaccinated.
According to chart showing municipalities with more than 10,000 residents and a less than 50% vaccination rate, 43% of New Brunswick residents are now vaccinated.
New Brunswick has leapfrogged over Phillipsburg (40%), Pemberton (41%), Lakewood (42%) and Irvington (42%), and it’s not far behind East Orange (44%).
According to stats on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard as of Monday, 24% of New Brunswick residents had received the complete course of vaccinations – two shots for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, one for the Johnson & Johnson one.
Murphy announced on Monday that the state will be sending volunteers door to door in 22 communities across the state, including New Brunswick. He said the goal is to answer resident questions and connect them to vaccines.
The initiative will focus on New Brunswick, Vineland, Hamilton, Trenton and other municipalities as part of Operation Jersey Summer.
Rebecca Escobar, the New Brunswick City Council Vice President, recently questioned the accuracy of the vaccination statistics listed in Murphy’s news conferences.
She said at last week’s City Council meeting that the percentages of vaccinated residents are “a little bit skewed” because they have been calculated using numbers from the 2010 census. They also don’t take into account the fact the city’s population has declined over the past 15 months since Rutgers all but canceled in-person courses – resulting in fewer students living in the city.
She also mentioned that there have been several initiatives led by those inside the city and Middlesex County to increase vaccination education and availability.
In fact, New Brunswick and Middlesex County officials will be coordinating their efforts to create three mobile vaccination sites:
Friday, June 11 at Archibald Park (behind McKinley Community School), 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 12 and Saturday, June 19 at Joyce Kilmer Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 13 and Sunday, June 20 at Recreation Park (Recreation Park Lane and Reservoir Avenue), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No appointments are necessary, and you do not need to show ID, documentation or proof of insurance to get vaccinated.
For more information, visit covid19.nj.gov/vaccine