New Jersey Nearly Halfway to COVID-19 Vaccination Goal

New Jersey has nearly reached half its goal of getting New Jersey residents fully vaccinated roughly 80 days before its self-imposed deadline. 

The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 5,440,258 as of April 12—and includes Gov. Phil Murphy, who along with his wife Tammy received their first of two Pfizer shots April 9.

Of those who have received the vaccine, 3,461,239 residents have received their first dose with 2,192,021 receiving their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose. A slight  majority—51%—have been administered the Pfizer vaccine, with 44% receiving the Moderna vaccine and 4% the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

“We reached a couple of critical milestones in our vaccination program,” said Murphy as a press briefing April 12. “We are confident that we will reach our goal on June 30.”

Vaccine Numbers

In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 611,250 doses, Essex 420,077 doses, Morris 381,528 doses, Hudson 321,371 doses, Passaic 324,540 doses, Sussex 84,742 doses, and Warren 54,713 doses. 

Demographically, 56% of those vaccinated are women and 44% men. As for ethnicity, 57% are White, 10% other, 9% unknown, 9% Hispanic, 9% Asian and 6% Black. In regards to age of those having received the vaccine, 38% are 65 years old or olders, 29% are between the ages of 50-64, 25% are between the ages of 40-49, and 9% are between the ages of 18-29.  

“Thank you to those working across the state to administer shots in arms…we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your incredbike work,” said Murphy. “And to those who have raised their sleeve to get vaccinated, thank you as well for not only showing faith in our vaccine efforts but for being role models for those around you.”

Top Ten in Nation

The governor lauded the vaccination programs, saying it is one of the best performing” in the country. Going inside the numbers, New Jersey is 5th in percentage of vaccine supply administered, 7th in daily doses administered, 6th in percentage of population having received at least a first dose and 9th in percentage of fully vaccinated individuals.

Additionally, the vaccination rates among New Jersey seniors is 75.4% of all individuals over age 65 have received at least their first dose and 74.8% of those over the age of 75

“It is important to note that…there are other states that do not have the number of people we have in Bergen or Essex County,” said Murphy. 

J&J Issues

The news comes as supplies of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will plummet the next two weeks in New Jersey. New Jersey will receive 90% fewer doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week compared with last week—a drop to 15,600 from 131,000. 

That is expected to dwindle further to just 5,200 doses the following week, when all New Jersey residents 16 and older in New Jersey become eligible for vaccination. For this week, the state is expecting to receive 272,610 doses of Pfizer vaccine and 178,700 of Moderna, on par with previous weeks.

State officials urged Garden State residents not to delay their attempt to get the vaccine with the state expanding eligibility as of April 19. 

“Please take whatever vaccines are available to you,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “All three are safe and effective.” 

Daily Data

As of April 12, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 839,114 with 2,079 total new PCR cases reported. There were 552 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 116,852. The total number of individual cases for the state is 955,966. 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 27 new deaths, bringing that total to 22,323 The state listed probable deaths at 2,573, bringing the overall total to 24,896. State officials noted 29 deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.  

For North Jersey counties on April 12, Bergen had a total of 204 new confirmed cases and 56 probable cases, Essex 193 new cases and 60 probable cases, Hudson 167 new cases and 70 probable cases, Morris 97 new cases and 29 probable cases, Passaic 164 new cases and 32 probable cases, Sussex 43 new cases and 19 probable cases, and Warren 33 cases and two new probable cases.

There are a total of 958 coronavirus variants being reported in the Garden State. State officials documented 936 cases of the U.K. variant, 11 cases of the California variants, nine cases of the Brazilian P1 variant, and two cases of the South African variant. 

Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,528, followed by Bergen at 2,470, Hudson with 1,953, Passaic at 1,629, Morris at 950, Sussex at 222 and Warren County at 204.

In regards to probable deaths reported April 7, Bergen has 294, Essex has 291, Morris has 241, Hudson has 203, Passaic has 194, Sussex has 66 and Warren has 25.

State Testing 

As for the rate of transmission, it decreased to 0.94 from 0.96 the day before. The daily rate of infections from those tested as of April 8, was 8.4%; by region, the rate was 8.5% in the North, 8.0% in the Central region and 8.8% in the South. 

Officials reported 2,261 patients were hospitalized; 2,150 cases were confirmed and 1,131 are under investigation. By region, there were 1,120 in the North, 708 in the Central and 433  in the South.

Of those hospitalized, 448 are in intensive care units and 241 on ventilators. A total of 233 patients were discharged, while 255 were admitted.

Officials have continually cited transmission rate, hospilizations, intensive care units, ventilators 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.

Bergen Tops County Count

Bergen has the most confirmed cumulative cases in the state with 84,265, followed by Essex at 81,440, Middlesex at 81,008, Hudson at 75,351, Monmouth at 64,035, Ocean at 62,590, Passaic at 60,883, Union at 57,085, Camden at 45,188, Morris at 39,975, Burlington at 35,975, Mercer at 30,016, Gloucester at 24,522, Atlantic at 23,419, Somerset at 22,789, Cumberland at 13,597, Sussex at 10,680, Hunterdon at 8,162, Warren at 8,103, Salem at 4,954, and Cape May at 4,280.  

In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 12,146, followed by Union at 10,106, Ocean at 9,337, Essex at 8,619, Hudson at 8,350, Monmouth at 7,482, Morris at 7,383, Middlesex at 6,822, Passaic at 6,653, Atlantic at 6,254, Burlington at 5,904, Camden at 5,889, Somerset at 5,361, Cape May at 4,280, Gloucester at 3,659, Cumberland at 2,193, Mercer at 2,127, Sussex at 1,981, Warren at 892, Hunterdon at 803 and Salem 504.

In regards to cases related to in-school transmissions, a total of 240 outbreaks involving 1,070 cases have been reported, with 35 new outbreaks accounting for 123 cases in the weekly update on April 6. 

For North Jersey, Bergen County has 51 confirmed outbreaks with 196 cases, Passaic County has 15 confirmed outbreaks with 50 cases, Warren has 14 confirmed outbreaks with 34 cases, Sussex has 11 confirmed outbreaks with 34 cases, Morris County has five confirmed outbreaks with 34 cases, Hudson County has four confirmed outbreaks with 21 cases, and Essex County with one confirmed outbreak with 92 cases.

Long-term Care Facilities

Health officials noted 230 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 7,154 of the cases, broken down between 3,209 residents and 3,945 staff. 

Cumulatively, 1,365 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,629 residents and 21,715 staff, for a total of 54,344 cases. 

The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 7,999 on April 12. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,858 residents deaths and 142 staff deaths.


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