“Understanding everyone’s desire to get vaccinated as soon as possible, we understand people are anxious,” Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said.
As of Jan. 13, a total of 264,681 vaccine doses had been administered, including 236,503 first doses and 28,045 second doses. The total is expected to go up “exponentially” over the next week, Murphy said.
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Firefighters and police officers, as frontline first responders, become eligible to for vaccination on Thursday, Jan. 7, as the state enters Phase 1B of its tiered plan. Paramedics were included in Phase 1A, and were already eligible for the vaccine.
Interstate sports competitions are still prohibited, since interstate travel for sports has been deemed to be a risk factor for spreading COVID-19. And attendance is limited to those who are directly involved in the game – players, coaches, referees and support staff – and no more than 10 spectators.
Officials on Monday reported 2,745 new cases, compared to 2,329 on Dec. 27, bringing the total to 463,965 cases. Some 21 new deaths were reported, compared to 20 the previous day, bringing the total to 16,706.
It is the first time since June 13 that there have been more than 100 deaths reported on a given day, Gov. Phil Murphy said, and the first time since the end of May that there were two or more consecutive days with more than 100 deaths.
Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said the state’s allotment of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has decreased from 492,075 doses to 392,800: a decrease of 20 percent, or 99,275 vaccines.
Gov. Phil Murphy said the six mega-sites will be able to provide shots to people in Phase 1A, which includes health care workers and other vulnerable populations, and some in Phase 1B, which includes other essential workers.
Because the Moderna vaccine does not require deep-freeze storage, which the Pfizer vaccine does, more hospitals will be able to carry the Moderna vaccine. New Jersey could receive as many as 154,000 vaccines in Moderna’s first shipment.
The FDA still has to vote on whether to grant authorization, Gov. Phil Murphy said, but if the FDA grants it, the vaccine will arrive in New Jersey within a matter of days.
In a worst-case scenario, as many as 12,595 new cases could be reported on Jan. 14, with 8,747 people in the hospital. Of the hospital patients, 1,679 patients would be in intensive care, and 1,088 patients would be on ventilators.
The move will streamline the COVOID-19 vaccination process, Gov. Phil Murphy said. Full state enrollment will help health officials track how many people receive the vaccine, and ensure recipients get the required second dose from the correct vaccine and people don’t accidentally get duplicate vaccines.
Residents are being urged to confine Thanksgiving celebrations to immediate family only, and to take measures such as having a celebration outdoors if feasible, or indoors with ample ventilation if not. Party hosts are also urged to have supplies such as masks, hand sanitizer and single-use towels on hand for guests.