After winter weather delayed shipments of the coronavirus vaccine, New Jersey began receiving its late shipments, state officials said Monday.
All six mega-sites received some of the expired Pfizer vaccines on Saturday, state health commissioner Judith Persichilli said at the state’s latest COVID-19 briefing in Trenton. The state expects the additional backlog of Pfizer injections to be delivered Monday.
The state is still waiting to know when this week’s allocation of the Pfizer vaccine will be delivered, he said.
Of the Moderna vaccine, Persichilli said most sites will receive deliveries on Monday.
“Also half of the vaccine sites will receive this week’s allocation of the first doses of Moderna today,” he said.
“We know that these shipping delays have caused some appointments to be rescheduled,” Persichilli said. “The vaccine shortage is a national problem and delayed shipments were also felt across the country. We keep asking for patience ”.
He said all sites will be “working hard” to ensure that everyone who has canceled an appointment is rescheduled, noting that federal vaccine allocations will increase in the coming weeks.
Persichilli said the state is making progress in vaccinating its “most vulnerable populations.”
Thirty-three percent of people age 80 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine, he said, and 13% of them have received both doses. People in that age group account for 47% of deaths from the virus, he said.
Of people 65 to 79 years old, 33% have received at least one dose of the vaccine, Persichilli said.
Persichilli also addressed current issues with the call center, saying there is “no set date” for when agents will be able to start making appointments for people.
“We still have some problems with the system. They are being resolved, “he said, noting that a system update late last week” went well. “
Governor Phil Murphy also called the update a success.
“We had a successful chapter with the provider at the end of last week. That has been a lively and challenging reality, ”he said. “Hopefully that chapter at the end of last week bodes well for more and better chapters.”
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