Although 73% of New Jersey residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, another 10% are willing to get vaccinated and 16% remain unwilling to. That’s according to the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, which found the support of vaccinations among Garden State residents represented a drastic change from the vaccine hesitancy reported last Fall.
Before the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were approved, about 40% of New Jerseyans said they would “probably” or “definitely” not get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
As of June 9%, 64% of New Jersey residents were fully vaccinated, according to the state’s dashboard.
Lack of Need Drive Unwilling Residents
Among those unwilling to get vaccinated, 67% cited a concern about possible side effects stemming from the vaccines, according to the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Fifty-seven percent noted they did not feel the government tested the vaccine adequately and that it was developed too quickly.
A growing number of residents who were unwilling to get vaccinated felt they did not need it, rising to 55% from 25% in the prior poll. Significantly, 33% of this cohort said they do not get vaccines in general.
Nearly half (49%) argued nothing could be said to them in order to get vaccine. Eight percent and 7% said they needed more information or time, respectively.
“The enduring nature of vaccine hesitancy for a small yet notable portion of the population in New Jersey resembles what we are seeing throughout the rest of the country,” said Ashley Koning, an assistant research professor and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.
A political divide was evident. Republicans (32%) and Independents (34%) were almost twice as likely as Democrats (16%) to report they had not yet received a dose of the vaccine.
Overall, concern regarding the coronavirus was waning in the state, with only 14% saying they were “very” worried someone in their household, and 27% saying they were “somewhat” worried.
This was down from 30% reporting they were “very” worried and 41% being “somewhat” worried in the Fall.
Among those vaccinated, 50% reported no side effects. The vast majority of side effects were either mild (31%) or moderate (15%), with just 5% reporting severe ones.
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 8,998,730 in-state, plus an additional 357,974 administered out-of-state for a grand total of 9,356,974 as of June 9. Of those who have received the vaccine, 4,261,156 received their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose in state and another 169,560 out of state, bringing those fully vaccinated to 4,430,716.
Demographically, 54% of those vaccinated are women and 46% men. As for ethnicity, 52% are White, 14% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 7% Black, 9% other and 8% unknown. In regards to the age of those having received the vaccine, 26% are 65 years old or olders, 28% are between the ages of 50-64, 29% are between the ages of 30-49, and 17% are between the ages of 12-29.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 985,855 doses (469,171 fully vaccinated), Essex 745,258 doses (348,693), Hudson 641,799 doses (295,123), Morris 584,197 doses (277,844), Passaic 457,193 doses (213,810), Sussex 135,997 doses (65,394), and Warren 88,325 doses (42,414).
As of June 9, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 889,408 with 197 total new PCR cases reported. There were 50 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 129,083. The total number of individual cases for the state is 1,018,491.
As for those that have passed, the state reported 14 new deaths, bringing that total to 23,640. The state listed probable deaths at 2,685, bringing the overall total to 26,325. State officials noted five deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that have not yet been lab confirmed.
For North Jersey counties on June 9, Bergen had a total of 18 new confirmed cases and six new probable case, Essex 21 new cases and three new probable cases, Hudson eight new cases and two new probable cases, Morris eight new cases and two new probable cases, Passaic 18 new cases and one new probable case, Sussex seven new cases and no new probable cases, and Warren no new cases or probable cases.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,712, followed by Bergen at 2,585, Hudson with 2,085, Passaic at 1,738, Morris at 985, Sussex at 245, and Warren County at 220.
In regards to probable deaths reported June 9, Essex has 300, Bergen has 299, Morris has 261, Hudson has 215, Passaic has 199, Sussex has 68 and Warren has 26.
As for the rate of transmission reported June 9, it increased to 0.74 from 0.71 the day before. The daily rate of infections from those tested June 5, was 1.7%; by region, the rate was 2.1% in the North, 1.4% in the Central region and 1.4% in the South.
Officials reported 436 patients were hospitalized; 342 cases were confirmed and 94 are under investigation. By region, there were 217 in the North, 108 in the Central and 111 in the South.
Of those hospitalized, 104 are in intensive care units and 60 on ventilators. A total of 61 patients were discharged, while 37 were admitted.
Officials have continually cited transmission rate, hospitalizations, 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 89,822, followed by Middlesex at 84,852, Essex at 84,718, Hudson at 78,805, Monmouth at 67,502, Ocean at 65,689, Passaic at 65,644, Union at 60,458, Camden at 48,996, Morris at 41,895, Burlington at 38,263, Mercer at 31,638, Gloucester at 26,556, Atlantic at 24,936, Somerset at 24,291, Cumberland at 14,877, Sussex at 11,701, Warren at 8,959, Hunterdon at 8,918, Salem at 5,548, and Cape May at 4,621.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 14,627, followed by Union at 11,035, Ocean at 10,229, Essex at 9,486, Hudson at 9,243, Morris at 8,280, Monmouth at 8,110, Middlesex at 7,484, Passaic at 7,376, Camden at 6,687, Atlantic at 6,633, Burlington at 5,964, Somerset at 5,775, Cape May at 4,584, Gloucester at 4,019, Mercer at 2,411, Sussex at 2,313, Cumberland at 2,268, Warren at 1,026, Hunterdon at 896, and Salem 541.
Another 719 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 77 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 2,062 of the cases, broken down between 826 residents and 1,236 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,472 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,755 residents and 22,221 staff, for a total of 54,976.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 8,058 on June 9. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,869 residents deaths and 144 staff deaths.