TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his COVID press briefing on Monday, April 5, that all individuals ages 16+ in New Jersey will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination on April 19 – two weeks ahead of the state’s initial target of May 1.

The state’s phased vaccination roll out has successfully administered 4.7 million doses of vaccine to essential frontline workers, educators, high-risk groups, and other eligible adults who live, work, or study in New Jersey. With 1,796,798 adults already fully vaccinated, New Jersey is on track to meet Governor Murphy’s goal of fully vaccinating 4.7 million adults by June 30, according to the governor. 

“Over the last several months, our Administration has worked closely with our communities and federal partners to ensure an efficient, accessible, and equitable vaccination program,” said Murphy. “Together, we have administered 4.7 million doses of vaccine and opened more than 750 vaccination sites across the state, with 98.7% of all New Jerseyans living within five miles of where they can receive a vaccine."

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"With an expected increase in vaccine allocation from the federal government, coupled with our extensive network of vaccination distribution sites, we can confidently expand our eligibility to all individuals ages 16 and older who live, work, or study in New Jersey on April 19,” he said.

New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli added that her department encourages residents to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity.

“With increasing supply of vaccine from the federal government, New Jersey has been ramping up the pace of doses administered and adding points of dispensing across the state, allowing us to extend eligibility to all adults sooner than expected,” said Persichilli. 

For more information about current eligibility, statewide vaccination site locations, and to preregister for a vaccination, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.

Schools Update (public-school districts, charter schools, renaissance schools, and schools for students with disabilities):

  • 156 open for all in-person instruction
  • 495 open for hybrid instruction
  • 42 districts using a combination across buildings
  • 118 all-remote

Latest New Jersey COVID Figures

  • 2,471 new positive PCR tests, raising the state's cumulative total to 817,464 total PCR tests.
  • 513 new positive antigen tests, which brings New Jersey's total to 112,562 positive antigen tests.
  • 9.14% positivity rate.
  • 2,292 individuals in hospitals with 454 patients in ICUs and 233 ventilators in use.
  • 238 live patients discharged and 268 COVID-positive patients admitted.
  • 15 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, bringing the cumulative loss of life to 22,081 New Jersey residents.

At the beginning of his press briefing, Gov. Murphy noted that Monday marked the beginning of National Public Health Week.

"This week, we salute the ongoing efforts of our public health workers who ensure the health and safety of all," the governor said.