Over the President’s Day weekend, the state administered its 1 millionth first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since the first shot was delivered Dec. 15, 2020.
The benchmark comes as a New Jersey-based polling outfit reported a quarter of Americans do not plan on receiving the vaccine.
The number of COVID-19 vaccines delivered in New Jersey totaled 1,411,270 as of Feb. 16. Of those who have received the vaccine, 1,024,769 residents have received their first dose with 386,490 their second; 54% have been administered the Moderna vaccine and 46% the Pfizer.
By the Numbers
Demographically, 59% of those vaccinated are women and 41% men. As for ethnicity, 52% are White, 17% unknown, 16% other, 6% Asian, 5% Hispanic and 4% Black. In regards to age of those having received the vaccine, 38% are 65 years old or olders, 28% are between the ages of 50-64, 26% are between the ages of 40-49, and 9% are between the ages of 18-29.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 156,433 doses, Essex 116,699 doses, Morris 97,238 doses, Passaic 64,327 doses, Hudson 63,936 doses, Sussex 22,038 doses, and Warren 13,346 doses.
While the government continues to increase the pace of doses available to be administered, a recent Monmouth University Poll found 1 in 4 Americans say they will avoid getting the vaccine at all if they can help it.
A total of 50% of respondents plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are allowed. But 19% say they would prefer to let other people get it first to see how it goes and 24% stated they were likely to never receive the vaccine if they can avoid it.
“Reluctance to get the vaccine is driven more by partisanship than any single demographic factor,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. “It says a lot about the depth of our partisan divide that it could impact public health like this.”
Democrats are most eager to get the vaccine as soon as possible (72% when combined with those who already got the vaccine)—a gap of 21% with independents and 33% with Republicans. Forty-two percent of Republicans say they will avoid ever getting the vaccine if they can, which is significantly higher than the number of independents (25%) and Democrats (10%).
Demographically, Americans aged 65 and older are more likely to be first in line for the vaccine than younger adults, 67% vs. 52%. Those under age 65 (27%) are somewhat more likely than seniors (16%) to say they will never get the vaccine.
These differences shift dramatically filtered through the lens of partisanship. The age-based gap in attitudes toward the vaccine is enormous among Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP, but it virtually disappears among Democrats and Democratic leaners.
Specifically, 63% of Republican identifiers aged 65 and older have received or want to be first in line for the vaccine while just 18% say they will avoid getting it. Among Republicans under 65 years old, only 33% are willing to line up for the vaccine right away, while nearly half (45%) never want to get it.
Among those who identify as Democrats, there are no significant age-based differences for willingness to get the vaccine as soon as possible—71% age 65+ and 70% age 18-64—or to avoid it if they can—13% age 65+ and 9% age 18-64.
Overall, white Americans (58%) are slightly more likely than communities of color (52%) to be willing to be first in line for the vaccine. There are some racial differences among Democratic identifiers—mainly, 79% of white Democrats versus 62% of Democrats of color either have received the vaccine or want to get it as soon as possible.
However, the number who say they would avoid getting the vaccine entirely hovers around 1 in 10 for both Democratic groups (8% white and 12% people of color). There are no significant race-based differences among Republican identifiers in the number who do not want to get the vaccine, representing about 4 in 10 GOPers who are white (40%) and other races (37%) alike.
On Feb. 16, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey reached 669,481 with 3,144 total new PCR cases reported. There were 801 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 81,584. The total number of individual cases for the state is 751,065. Gov. Murphy previously 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 31 new deaths, bringing that total to 20,251. The state listed probable deaths at 2,246, bringing the overall total to 22,497.
For North Jersey counties on Feb. 16, Bergen had a total of 432 new confirmed cases and 114 probable cases, Essex 214 new cases and 56 probable cases, Hudson 211 new cases and 72 probable cases, Morris 177 new cases and and 52 probable cases, Passaic 145 new cases and 43 probable cases, Sussex 38 new cases and six probable cases, and Warren 25 cases and no new probable cases.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,348, followed by Bergen at 2,278, Hudson with 1,774, Passaic at 1,476, Morris at 875, Sussex at 206 and Warren County at 191.
In regards to probable deaths reported Feb. 10, Bergen has 277, Essex has 261, Morris at 222, Hudson has 177, Passaic at 167, Sussex has 61 and Warren has 18.
The daily rate of infections from those tested as of Feb. 11, was 7.5%; by region, the rate was 7.3% in the North, 8.0% in the Central region and 7.2% 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 increased to 0.90 from 0.89 the previous day. 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 2,411 patients were hospitalized; by region, there were 1,134 in the North, 746 in the Central and 531 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 494 are in intensive care units and 312 on ventilators. A total of 156 patients were discharged, while 178 were admitted.
Bergen Tops County Count
Bergen has the most confirmed cumulative cases in the state with 65,230, followed by Middlesex at 64,570, Essex at 64,287, Hudson at 60,461, Passaic at 50,265, Ocean at 49,203, Monmouth at 48,695, Union at 47,083, Camden at 38,126, Morris at 30,376, Burlington at 29,738, Mercer at 25,163, Gloucester at 20,295, Atlantic at 18,810, Somerset at 17,709, Cumberland at 11,575, Sussex at 7,535, Warren at 5,970, Hunterdon at 5,912, Salem at 4,084, and Cape May at 3,497.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 7,847, followed by Union at 7,295, Ocean at 6,083, Essex at 5,805, Morris at 5,187, Hudson at 5,181, Monmouth at 4,909, Atlantic at 4,776, Middlesex at 4,690, Passaic at 4,467, Camden at 4,478, Burlington at 4,152, Somerset at 3,921, Cape May at 3,318, Gloucester at 2,979, Cumberland at 2,132, Mercer at 1,519, Sussex at 1,070, Warren at 680, Hunterdon at 598, and Salem 455.
Another 897 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
In regards to cases related to in-school transmissions, a total of 142 outbreaks involving 671 cases, with two new outbreaks accounting for 16 cases reported in the weekly update on Feb. 10.
For North Jersey, Bergen County has 32 confirmed outbreaks with 129 cases, Passaic County has seven confirmed outbreaks with 32 cases, Sussex has six confirmed outbreaks with 15 cases, Warren has eight confirmed outbreaks with 20 cases, Hudson and Morris Counties have two confirmed outbreaks with 10 cases each, and Essex County with one confirmed outbreak with 92 cases.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 394 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 14,083 of the cases, broken down between 6,955 residents and 7,128 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,246 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,079 residents and 20,781 staff, for a total of 52,860 cases.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 7,852 on Feb. 16. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,784 residents deaths and 144 staff deaths.