Essex County C-19 Vaccine

Gov. Phil Murphy Reiterates No Charge for COVID-19 Vaccine in New Jersey

State officials reiterated that cost is not a concern when it comes to New Jerseyans receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine. 

Pursuant to the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Provider Agreement, all providers must vaccinate individuals regardless of whether they have health insurance coverage or what type of coverage they have, and are prohibited from balance billing or otherwise charging vaccine recipients.

“As we continue to roll out our robust statewide vaccination program, we want to make it clear to New Jerseyans that no one will have to pay for the vaccine itself, regardless of whether or not they have health insurance coverage,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a press statement. 

Health Insurance Coverage

All group and individual comprehensive health insurance plans must provide coverage for COVID-19 immunization and its administration. During the federal public health emergency, these plans must provide this coverage without cost sharing, regardless of whether the provider is in- or out-of-network. 

For those covered by Medicare Part B, the vaccine and the administration of that vaccine will be covered without coinsurance or deductible. Those enrolled in the Medicare Advantage Plan, beneficiary copayment, coinsurance and deductible are waived for COVID-19 vaccine and its administration.

“The (New Jersey) Department of Health is thankful to the many providers who have signed agreements with the state to administer vaccines in communities throughout New Jersey,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “This has been a complex process of linking all types of providers to deliver vaccines to New Jersey residents without cost to those residents.”

70% Vaccination Goal

“The goal of vaccinating 70% of the adult population in New Jersey is going to be met through these partnerships and through the thousands of New Jersey residents who recognize that vaccines matter,” said Persichilli.

The vaccine and the administration of that vaccine is covered without coinsurance or deductible for in or out of network providers for individuals in the State Health Benefits Program as well as NJ FamilyCare (Medicaid or CHIP).

“NJ FamilyCare recipients can get the COVID vaccine at no cost and at any vaccination site,” said Human Services Deputy Commissioner Sarah Adelman. “That means zero co-pays for the vaccine and its administration, no matter the provider, so we urge everyone to sign up and get the vaccine when they are eligible. We are all eager to end this pandemic and save lives.”

Uninsured Protocols

For those uninsured, health care providers that participate in the Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Program must agree to administer a COVID-19 immunization regardless of an individual’s ability to pay or health insurance coverage status, and may not seek reimbursement from the immunization recipient. Information on sites that are providing the vaccine can be found at the state COVID-19 page.

“We strongly encourage everyone to join hundreds of thousands of their fellow New Jerseyans in preregistering to receive the vaccine and taking another step toward ending this pandemic, said Murphy.

Daily Data

On Jan. 12,  the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey reached 537,115 with 4,219 total new PCR cases reported. There were 588 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 57,636. The total number of individual cases for the state is 594,751. Gov. Murphy noted there is some unknown overlap due to health officials urging those taking a rapid test to get a PCR test.

As for those that have passed, the state reported 108 new deaths, bringing that total to 17,980. The state listed probable deaths at 2,059, bringing the overall total to 20,039. State officials noted 61 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.  

For North Jersey counties, Bergen had a total of 357 new confirmed cases and 32 probable cases, Essex 325 new cases and 57 probable cases, Hudson 346 new cases and 49 probable cases, Morris 200 new cases and and 28 probable cases, Passaic 207 new cases and and 32 probable cases, Sussex 72 new cases and four probable cases, and Warren 33 cases and five probable cases.

Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,195, followed by Bergen at 2,117, Hudson with 1,592, Passaic at 1,360, Morris at 816, Sussex at 183 and Warren County at 173.

In regards to probable deaths, Bergen has 266, Essex has 255, Hudson has 169, Morris at 187, Passaic at 159, Sussex has 46 and Warren has 13.

State Testing 

The daily rate of infections from those tested as of Jan. 7, was 11.3%; by region, the rate was 10.1% in the North, 11.7% in the Central region and 14.2% in the South. The state is no longer using serology tests as health officials explained those results show a past presence of the disease as well as a current one. 

As for the rate of transmission, it decreased to 1.08 from 1.09 the day before. Officials have continually cited transmission rate and positivity rate as health data they rely on to track how the coronavirus is being contained in New Jersey, guiding them in determining when restrictions have to be tightened or lifted.

Officials reported 3,703 patients were hospitalized; by region, there were 1,522 in the North, 1,237 in the Central and 944 in the South.

Of those hospitalized, 658 are in intensive care units and 440 on ventilators. While 276 patients were discharged, 326 were admitted.

Bergen Tops County Count

Bergen has the most confirmed cumulative cases in the state with 52,110, followed by Essex at 51,942, Middlesex at 50,865, Hudson at 49,089, Passaic at 42,753, Union at 39,955, Ocean at 37,334, Monmouth at 37,210, Camden at 32,109, Burlington at 24,387, Morris at 23,056, Mercer at 20,785, Gloucester at 16,330, Atlantic at 14,152, Somerset at 14,121, Cumberland at 9,045, Sussex at 5,516, Warren at 4,569, Hunterdon at 4,409, Salem at 3,320, and Cape May at 2,702.  

In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 5,499, followed by Union at 5,454, Essex at 4,226, Ocean at 4,076, Hudson at 3,865, Morris at 3,635, Atlantic at 3,439, Middlesex at 3,359, Passaic at 3,351, Monmouth at 3,290, Somerset at 2,935, Camden at 2,903, Cape May at 2,489, Burlington at 2,395, Gloucester at 2,063, Cumberland at 1,610, Mercer at 1,064, Sussex at 669, Warren at 469, Hunterdon at 424, and Salem 356.

Another 1,356 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.

In regards to cases related to in-school transmissions, a total of 111 outbreaks involving 557 cases have been reported in 20 of the 21 counties in the Garden State, with six new outbreaks involving 11 cases recorded in the last week. 

For North Jersey, Bergen County has 22 confirmed outbreaks with 102 cases, Passaic County has five confirmed outbreaks with 25 cases, Sussex has five confirmed outbreaks with 13 cases, Warren has four confirmed outbreaks with nine cases, Hudson County has two confirmed outbreaks with 10 cases and  Essex County with one confirmed outbreak with 83 cases. Morris is the only county in the state without an outbreak.

Long-term Care Facilities

Health officials noted 428 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 13,651 of the cases, broken down between 6,540 residents and 7,111 staff. 

Cumulatively, 1,188 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 31,000 residents and 20,167 staff, for a total of 51,167 cases. 

The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 7,619 on Jan. 12. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,506 residents deaths and 126 staff deaths.

Vaccine Distribution

The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 233,555 as of Jan. 12,. Of those who have received the vaccine, 212,096 residents have received their first dose with 21,289 their second; 54% were administered the Moderna vaccine and 46% the Pfizer. Demographically, 64% of those vaccinated are women and 36% men. As for ethnicity, 48% are White, 20% unknown, 16% other, 6% Asian, 5% Hispanic and 4% Black. 

In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 25,856 doses, Essex 19,693 doses, Hudson 9,909 doses, Morris 17,290 doses, Passaic 10,842 doses, Sussex 3,649 doses, and Warren 2,408 doses. 

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