In an effort to expand access to immunization records, a new app from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) makes it easier for individuals and families vaccinated in the state to access their COVID-19 vaccination record.
Murphy Administration officials stated the purpose for the Docket app is to allow fully vaccinated residents in New Jersey to easily access their COVID-19 record digitally in case they lost their vaccination card or want quick access to their record and not the beginning of a passport system in the Garden State.
“To be absolutely clear, this is not a passport,” stated Gov. Phil Murphy at a press briefing July 12. “Docket is intended to solely give residents easy access to their COVID vaccination record, especially if their vaccination card has been damaged or lost.”
Murphy reiterated that his position has not changed on a vaccine passport system, stating “I’m not ‘hell no,’ but we continue to need to make more progress on the equity front, and progress is being made.”
“We’ve come a long way, but in particular in black and brown communities, we’re not yet where we need to be,” continued Murphy. “I continue to believe until we are—and we’ve not —and until we’ve given it everything we’ve got and that everyone has had fair access to the vaccine, then while I’m open-minded, I don’t think the timing is right.”
But Republicans, led by State Sen. Michael Testa (R-1), are worried this is the first step toward a vaccination passport program in the Garden State despite assurances by the governor. Testa sponsored legislation (S-3674) that would prohibit the state from requiring private businesses to confirm a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition for entry.
“Gov. Murphy hasn’t been transparent with New Jerseyans during the pandemic and he’s refused to rule out the use of vaccine passports. We need to be vigilant to ensure this app doesn’t suddenly morph into a vaccine passport that people are forced to display everywhere they go,” said Testa.
Individuals with an email or phone number on file with the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS) can access and download their COVID-19 vaccination record using the app. The app, developed by New York-based Docket Health, Inc., can provide access to family members’ COVID-19 records through a shared account as well.
“If you don’t have your vaccination card with you or you have lost it, you can easily access your record through the app,” said New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “Providing this COVID-19 record digitally, as is done with other health records, simplifies access to consumers.”
State officials said the information in Docket will be used only to provide consumers with electronic access to their own COVID-19 vaccination record. NJIIS captures an individual’s name, phone number, and demographic details which were shared at the time of vaccination. This data is used to show a person’s COVID-19 immunization record through the app.
The app currently only displays COVID-19 vaccination details, however, future plans include expanded access for other full immunization histories. Docket is a CDC-approved application currently used in Utah and planned for rollout in additional states.
“The app adheres to federal and state standards for data security and privacy,” said Persichilli.
The number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in New Jersey totaled 10,160,342 in-state, plus an additional 356,349 administered out-of-state for a grand total of 10,516,691 as of July 14. Of those who have received the vaccine, 4,972,274 received their second dose or the one jab Johnson & Johnson dose in state and another 153,571 out of state, bringing those fully vaccinated to 5,125,845.
Demographically, 53% of those vaccinated are women and 47% men. As for ethnicity, 49% are White, 15% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 7% Black, 9% other and 9% unknown. In regards to the age of those having received the vaccine, 25% are 65 years old or olders, 27% are between the ages of 50-64, 29% are between the ages of 30-49, and 19% are between the ages of 12-29.
In North Jersey, Bergen County has delivered 1,156,495 doses (568,975 fully vaccinated), Essex 855,547 doses (414,822), Hudson 782,040 doses (375,212), Morris 637,846 doses (311,831), Passaic 529,462 doses (257,088), Sussex 148,570 doses (73,641), and Warren 95,744 doses (47,155).
As of July 14, the cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Jersey was 896,191 with 371 total new PCR cases reported. There were 136 probable cases, bringing the cumulative total of antigen tests to 130,823. The total number of individual cases for the state is 1,027,014.
As for those that have passed, the state reported five confirmed deaths, bringing that total to 23,811. The state listed probable deaths at 2,716, bringing the overall total to 26,527. State officials noted four deaths occurred in the last 24 hours of reporting that has not yet been lab confirmed.
For North Jersey counties on July 14, Bergen had a total of 51 new confirmed cases and 11 new probable cases, Essex 65 new cases and 11 new probable case, Hudson 17 new cases and 13 new probable cases, Morris 17 new confirmed cases and 11 new probable cases, Passaic 23 new cases and six new probable case, Sussex three new cases and one new probable case, and Warren had five new cases and no new probable cases.
Of the total confirmed deaths in North Jersey, Essex County has the most with 2,727, followed by Bergen at 2,593, Hudson with 2,090, Passaic at 1,741, Morris at 980, Sussex at 239, and Warren County at 212.
In regards to probable deaths reported July 14, Essex has 304, Bergen has 302, Morris has 262, Hudson has 218, Passaic has 203, Sussex has 68 and Warren has 26.
As for the rate of transmission reported July 14, it increased to 1.08 from 1.01 the day before. The daily rate of infections from those tested July 9 was 1.7%; by region, the rate was 1.7% in the North, 2.0% in the Central region and 1.4% in the South.
Officials reported 310 patients were hospitalized; by region, there were 149 in the North, 88 in the Central and 73 in the South. Of those hospitalized, 50 are in intensive care units and 22 on ventilators. A total of 46 patients were discharged.
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 90,557, followed by Middlesex at 85,359, Essex at 85,204, Hudson at 79,223, Monmouth at 68,390, Ocean at 66,363, Passaic at 66,143, Union at 60,847, Camden at 49,371, Morris at 42,186, Burlington at 38,529, Mercer at 31,813, Gloucester at 26,739, Atlantic at 25,104, Somerset at 24,516, Cumberland at 14,984, Sussex at 11,799, Warren at 9,038, Hunterdon at 9,036, Salem at 5,592, and Cape May at 4,675.
In regards to probable cases, Bergen had the most at 14,781, followed by Union at 11,172, Ocean at 10,480, Essex at 9,586, Hudson at 9,382, Morris at 8,372, Monmouth at 8,250, Middlesex at 7,530, Passaic at 7,474, Camden at 6,818, Atlantic at 6,668, Burlington at 6,055, Somerset at 5,845, Cape May at 4,647, Gloucester at 4,069, Mercer at 2,452, Sussex at 2,362, Cumberland at 2,300, Warren at 1,033, Hunterdon at 905, and Salem 545.
Another 723 cases are still under investigation to determine where the person resides.
Long-term Care Facilities
Health officials noted 18 long-term care facilities are currently reporting at least one case of COVID-19, accounting for a total of 70 of the cases, broken down between 37 residents and 33 staff.
Cumulatively, 1,493 long-term care facilities reported a case infecting 32,801 residents and 22,234 staff, for a total of 55,035.
The state’s official death total will now be reported as those that are lab confirmed, sits at 8,063 on July 14. The facilities are reporting to the state 7,878 residents deaths and 144 staff deaths.