TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy reported at his COVID-19 press briefing that 642,613 vaccinations have been made statewide as of today. Right now, more than 2 million people are pre-registered for the vaccine, but the state will only get about 130,000 doses a week.
"We still have a supply-demand imbalance," Murphy said, adding that he encouraged by the Biden Administration's promises to help get the vaccine to states more quickly. "We, like every other state, need greatly increased vaccine production and delivery."
The governor and NJ Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli also addressed the availability of second doses for the vaccine for those who have already received their first one.
"If you made your first dose appointment directly with a vaccine site and did not book your second dose appointment at the time of your first shot, contact the vaccine site," Murphy advised. "We’re working hard to ensure that those who need their second dose will get it in a timely manner. By the end of the weekend, if you are still not certain how you will get your second dose appointment, contact our vaccination call center."
Operators are available to assist in scheduling one at (855) 568-0545 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Murphy acknowledged frustration with the rate of vaccination during the briefing.
"We just need the doses to make our program run as it has been purpose-built to run," the governor said. "We’re optimistic about all the signs coming from the White House – especially the announcements yesterday that we will be seeing an increase in our vaccine allocation as well as receiving a three-week look ahead as to how many doses will be coming to our state."
Murphy also was pleased that New Jersey has now "gotten more shots in arms than we have had confirmed positive PCR COVID tests."
"If you live here, work here or study here, you should be able to get the vaccine," the governor said. "We need to have patience as our vaccine program awaits the doses we need to kick into high gear. We need to maintain our social distancing and masking. We need to keep doing all the smart things to drive down our numbers. If we do this, we’ll be in a much better place."
"County sites are using their own staff and funding, and they are doing a great job," Persichilli said. "Most of the people who go through the systems and make an appointment will get the vaccine."
Latest COVID-19 Numbers
- 3,950 new positive PCR tests (606,492 total PCR tests)
- 1,080 new positive antigen tests (70,045 total antigen tests)
- 107 confirmed #COVID19 deaths, bringing the cumulative total of confirmed deaths to 19,091
- Positivity rate: 12.62%
- Rate of transmission: 0.91
New Jersey Hospital
- 3,190 patients in our hospitals
- 578 patients in our ICUs
- 406 ventilators in use
- 416 patients discharged
- 375 COVID-positive patients admitted
- 69 in-hospital deaths
"We are not in the end zone, but we are starting to see what it looks like," Murphy said.