A new poll shows while public opinion of being administered the COVID-19 vaccine is approving, the state is receiving falling marks for the execution of its vaccination plan.
Project Ready commissioned Change Research survey of New Jersey voters found 59% view the state’s vaccine rollout negatively. Unsurprisingly, the greatest divide falls along partisan lines.
A total of 58% of Democrats responded that the state has done an “excellent” or “good” job in rolling out the vaccine, compared to just 6% of Republicans and 23% of Independents. By race, 57% of Blacks rate the state positively, compared with 49% of Hispanics and 27% of Whites.
More Willing to Receive Vaccine
As the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines ramps up both locally and nationally, more voters expressed a willingness to take the COVID-19 vaccine than when surveyed in November.
Overall, 71% now say they have received the vaccine or definitely or probably will compared with 29% say they definitely or probably won’t. Only 60% of voters in November said they would take the vaccine.
The largest gains have come from Hispanics, increasing 22 percentage points, and Independents, rising 17 points.
Although White voters (71%) are slightly more likely to say they would receive the vaccine than Black voters (62%), they are three times as likely to say they have already received the vaccine—18% compared to 6%.
Republican skepticism of the vaccine continues to remain very high. Republicans are the only sub-category where fewer than 50% would agree to be vaccinated.
Additionally, the survey showed Black opinion on the vaccine has not changed since November 2020, with approximately three-fifths plan to receive the vaccine, a share similar to four months ago.
Reasons for Delay
For those not planning to take the vaccine, 24% said they are waiting to confirm it is safe, followed by 18% stating they “don’t trust vaccines generally.”
A further breakdown showed Blacks are more than twice as likely (31%) to say they don’t trust vaccines compared to White voters (15%).
The Project Ready/Change Research poll was conducted online from Feb. 12-15, 2021 of 960 people in New Jersey.
As of Feb. 24, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 689,944 with 2,661 total new PCR cases reported over the two day. There were 785 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 85,442. The total number of individual cases for the state is 775,386. 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 57 new deaths, bringing that total to 20,746. The state listed probable deaths at 2,331, bringing the overall total to 23,077. State officials noted 34 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.
For North Jersey counties on Feb. 24, Bergen had a total of 292 new confirmed cases and 108 probable cases, Essex 244 new cases and 59 probable cases, Hudson 239 new cases and 74 probable cases, Morris 161 new cases and and 39 probable cases, Passaic 134 new cases and 38 probable cases, Sussex 37 new cases and 12 probable cases, and Warren 25 cases and three probable cases.
State officials have identified a total of 55 cases of the B117 UK coronavirus variant in 12 counties in New Jersey, including eight in Essex County, four in Morris County, three in Hudson, and two each in Passaic and Warren counties.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,395, followed by Bergen at 2,322, Hudson with 1,809, Passaic at 1,502, Morris at 891, Sussex at 208 and Warren County at 197.
In regards to probable deaths reported Feb. 24, Bergen has 281, Essex has 269, Morris has 227, Hudson has 180, Passaic has 173, Sussex has 64 and Warren has 19.
As for the rate of transmission, it increased to 0.87 from 0.86 the day before. The daily rate of infections from those tested as of Feb. 20, was 10.7%; by region, the rate was 11.2% in the North, 11.1% in the Central region and 8.7% in the South.
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 2,070 patients were hospitalized; 1,807 cases were confirmed and 263 are under investigation. By region, there were 973 in the North, 638 in the Central and 459 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 435 are in intensive care units and 273 on ventilators. A total of 238 patients were discharged, while 253 were admitted.
Bergen Tops County Count
Bergen has the most confirmed cumulative cases in the state with 67,500, followed by Middlesex at 66,628, Essex at 66,284, Hudson at 62,424, Passaic at 51,405, Ocean at 51,056, Monmouth at 50,460, Union at 48,251, Camden at 38,943, Morris at 31,465, Burlington at 30,492, Mercer at 25,781, Gloucester at 20,786, Atlantic at 19,412, Somerset at 18,330, Cumberland at 11,970, Sussex at 7,794, Warren at 6,180, Hunterdon at 6,149, Salem at 4,168, and Cape May at 3,630.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 8,360, followed by Union at 7,598, Ocean at 6,424, Essex at 6,100, Hudson at 5,533, Morris at 5,332, Monmouth at 5,191, Atlantic at 4,993, Middlesex at 4,869, Passaic at 4,677, Camden at 4,661, Burlington at 4,387, Somerset at 4,089, Cape May at 3,466, Gloucester at 3,066, Cumberland at 2,132, Mercer at 1,588, Sussex at 1,142, Warren at 707, Hunterdon at 618, and Salem 453.
Another 836 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
In regards to cases related to in-school transmissions, a total of 152 outbreaks involving 737 cases, with 10 new outbreaks accounting for 66 cases reported in the weekly update on Feb. 24.
For North Jersey, Bergen County has 37 confirmed outbreaks with 155 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, Morris County has four confirmed outbreaks with 32 cases, Hudson County has two confirmed outbreaks with 10 cases, and Essex County with one confirmed outbreak with 92 cases.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 362 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 13,638 of the cases, broken down between 6,758 residents and 6,880 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,255 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,202 residents and 20,906 staff, for a total of 53,108 cases.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 7,889 on Feb. 23. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,813 residents deaths and 143 staff deaths.
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 1,758,979 as of Feb. 24. Of those who have received the vaccine, 1,192,364 residents have received their first dose with 566,441 their second; 54% have been administered the Moderna vaccine and 46% the Pfizer.
Demographically, 59% of those vaccinated are women and 41% men. As for ethnicity, 55% are White, 16% unknown, 14% other, 6% Asian, 5% Hispanic and 4% Black. In regards to age of those having received the vaccine, 41% are 65 years old or olders, 27% are between the ages of 50-64, 24% are between the ages of 40-49, and 8% are between the ages of 18-29.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 198,598 doses, Essex 140,365 doses, Morris 131,029 doses, Passaic 79,011 doses, Hudson 79,965 doses, Sussex 26,873 doses, and Warren 16,036 doses.