New Jersey exceeded 250,000 vaccinations statewide on Wednesday and beginning Thursday, January 14, more New Jersey residents become eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.
Adults 65 years and older can start receiving the vaccine tomorrow as can anyone between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined by CDC, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus. That includes smoking.
“Smoking puts you at significant risk for an adverse result from COVID-19 and there are two million smokers in New Jersey who fit into these categories,” said Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.
Other eligible medical conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Down syndrome, heart conditions, obesity, severe obesity, sickle cell disease and Type-2 diabetes.
If you already preregistered at the state’s vaccine website, covidvaccine.nj.gov, and are now eligible, you can expect to receive an email with alerting you to make an appointment at a site near you to get your first vaccine dose.
The news comes as New Jersey has lost 20,000 residents to COVID-19 – more than 25 times the number of New Jerseyans lost on 9/11.
Gov. Murphy announced 6922 new positive COVID-19 tests in New Jersey Wednesday.
“For anyone left who still denies this is real, I don’t think there’s anything else we can say to try to convince you of reality,” Gov Murphy said.