State health officials said on Friday that hundreds of vaccines for coronovirus are expected to be distributed in New Jersey from the federal government in the coming weeks, but it continues to fall short of adequate demand.
Health Commissioner Judith Perschilli said on Friday that the state expected to receive about 100,000 doses a week. But the state has capacity and demand for up to 470,000 doses, she said. More than 1.5 million people have registered to receive the vaccine and more than 310,000 doses have been administered.
“The vaccine supply is still very limited and will be for some time,” Persichilli said. “There will be more commentary with each coming week. We urge everyone to be patient. We understand that people are worried. “
Gov. Phil Murphy massively expanded the number of people who are eligible this week when he announced that people over the age of 65 could register, as well as people with chronic illnesses between 14 and 64 years old. About 2 million smokers in the state can also be vaccinated. The expansion has quickly filled the appointments.
Persichilli said more than 4 million people are now eligible in New Jersey, including health care workers, long-term care facilities and police and firefighters.
Officials have said that the dose should be available to the general public by April or May. Health officials have said they expect vaccination of 70% of their adult residents – about 4.7 million people – by the end of May.
But given the scarcity of supply, states may fall short of that time.
“We have residents ready to roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated,” he said. He said, ‘We need supply from the Fed to meet that demand. It is becoming clear that we are ready and they are not.
The governor said this has been complicated by a change of power in Washington, D.C., as President-Elect Joe Biden prepares to replace President Donald Trump on November 20.
“We will work intensely with the incoming administration,” Murphy said. He said, ‘We need a large supply of vaccines. We must throw away everything to end this epidemic. “
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According to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, more than 310,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered in the state as of Friday morning. Of those, 273,335 were the first of two doses to be received.
According to the state, the single-day till date was Friday, January 8, when 24,482 doses were given.
New Jersey has averaged about 10,000 shots a day through the first 30 days of the program, including Christmas Day when no doses were administered. The last seven days have averaged around 17,000 shots a day, state records show.
The state has faced criticism for gradually advancing vaccination. Officials stress that there may be an undercasting of the number of vaccines administered because of reporting delays and New Jersey, like other states, relying on the federal government for its supply.
New Jersey health officials reported 5,490 newly confirmed coronovirus cases and 67 additional deaths on Friday as vaccination locations reported a huge increase in appointments, with eligibility extensions beginning the day before.
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