If you’ve been waiting to become eligible to receive vaccination to prevent COVID-19, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced big vaccination news today.
“We are going to make our most aggressive push yet to meet our vaccination goals,” Murphy said. “Effective April 19th, two weeks from today, all New Jerseyans age 16 and over will be eligible for vaccination.
Murphy said that new eligibility date is 12 days ahead of an initial target date of May 1st.
“Given the trajectory we are on, we believe this is the right time to put our program into high gear,” Murphy said.
The news comes after concerns have been raised about variants spreading the virus; the possibility of another surge in cases; and a rise in hospitalizations in New Jersey among younger groups.
Gov. Murphy also announced today that the state has a new vaccine progress tracker live at covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.
As of Monday, 1,796,798 New Jerseyans are fully vaccinated – 38% of the state’s goal of 4.7 million fully vaccinated adults by June 30th.
Murphy also said that fully vaccinated individuals who travel domestically are no longer required to self-quarantine after their trip or get tested before or after travel. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their last (final) vaccination.