New Jersey Expands Vaccine Eligibility: 55 and Over; Additional Groups Added, Starting April 5

New Jersey is again expanding vaccine eligibility. Starting April 5th, residents age 55 and over will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Also on April 5, individuals age 16+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities; higher education educators and staff; librarians and library staff; and additional essential workers (see below) will also become eligible.

Gov. Murphy also said next week, the state will be receiving 494,430 total vaccine doses from the federal government – a nearly 20% week-over-week increase.

“With this increase, our progress will continue to accelerate and we’ll get more shots in arms,” says Murphy.

Murphy announced that as of this morning, New Jersey has already put 3,798,523 vaccine doses [almost 3.8 million] into the arms of New Jerseyans; more than 1 million residents — 1,357,829 — are fully vaccinated

Murphy added that these doses come at a crucial time, as he also reported another 5884 positive and antigen test results for COVID-19. Rate of transmission is currently 1.1.

Murphy said cases are high as they are due to the COVID-19 variants increasing spread of the virus and urged New Jerseyans to continue to mask, wash hands frequently and social distance.

Workers in the following jobs are eligible on April 5:

    Communications, IT, media, including communications infrastructure support (engineers, technicians) and members of the press

    Laundry services, including workers in laundromats, laundry services, and dry cleaners

    Real estate, building, and home services, including construction workers, code officials, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, property management, and maintenance workers

    Retail financial institutions, including bank tellers, lending service, public accounting, and check cashing workers.

    Sanitation, including workers providing disinfection and janitorial services for all essential facilities and modes of transportation; city sanitation workers; residential, commercial, and industrial solid and hazardous waste removal.

    Utilities, including electrical generation and supply system, natural gas delivery, nuclear power plant, water supply, telephone, cable/fiber optical/broadband/cellular service workers

    Higher Education, including educators and support staff

    Librarians, including librarians and support staff at municipal, county, and state libraries (i.e. those not included in K-12 announcement)

To schedule a vaccine appointment, visit the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System or through Essex County at

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