New Jersey COVID Vaccine Supply, At 100,000 Doses Per Week, Not Meeting Demand

More than 310,000 doses have been given to New Jerseyans, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday.

“We’re ready to move forward with an aggressive expansion of our vaccination efforts. We have the capacity – from our mega-sites to the hundreds of other vaccination sites. We have residents ready to roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated. We just need the supply to meet the demand,” said Murphy.

New Jersey has been receiving a little over 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses a week — 53,000 of the Pfizer vaccine and 53,000 of the Moderna — since early January.

New Jersey has a goal of vaccinating 4.7 million adults within six months. For that to happen, the state needs to have 470,000 doses a week.

“We want to get as many shots into people’s arms as humanly possible,” said Murphy.

A sign outside West Orange vaccination center .

Demand for the vaccine increased Thursday, when New Jersey announced that adults over 65, as well as anyone age 16-16 with a pre-existing medical condition are now eligible to receive the vaccine.

Mega sites are opening around New Jersey, locations that will be open to any New Jersey resident, with the goal or ramping up vaccinations with additional appointment slots when more doses are available. However, vaccination centers currently set up by the counties, like the KMart location in West Orange and the other Essex County locations, give priority to county residents first. Essex County residents who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine, can request an appointment at EssexCovid.org

Residents not yet eligible are encouraged to pre-register for the vaccine at covidvaccine.nj.gov.

Individuals who pre-register, Persichilli says, will be notified in batches by email when they are able to schedule an appointment.

More than 1.5 million individuals have already pre-registered in the New Jersey vaccine scheduling system. More than 66,000 emails have gone out, letting individuals know they can schedule an appointment, says Persichilli, adding that 10,371 people have scheduled their appointments.

“Again, at this time, demand is much greater than supply. We ask the public to be patient, the state is working hard to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible with the available doses that we have,” she added.

Doctor’s offices and medical groups around the state are also getting inundated with vaccine requests and cannot accommodate the demand.

Summit Medical Group send out an email to patients, urging them not to call or drop by a doctor’s office or SMG urgent care to try and schedule a vaccine:

“The volume of appointment requests via phone and through our patient portal is limiting our ability to care for patients who need both sick and well visits. We will contact eligible patients as soon as we are able to vaccinate you. Until then, any attempt to contact us will simply make it harder for all patients to schedule regular or critically necessary care.”

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expanded

As of Thursday, January 14th, vaccines are available to:

  • Paid and unpaid healthcare workers
  • Residents and staff of long-term and congregate care facilities
  • First responders including sworn law enforcement and fire professionals
  • Individuals ages 65 years and older
  • Individuals ages 16-64 with certain medical conditions, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus
  • All New Jerseyans can pre-register for vaccines at this time at covid19.nj.gov/vaccine and will be notified when they are eligible to book an appointment.

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