By LOUIS C. HOCHMAN
Soon, you’ll be able to get coronavirus vaccine shots at CVS and Rite-Aid locations.
Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that by the end of the workweek, CVS in New Jersey will be delivered 19,900 doses, and Rite Aid another 7,500 doses, through a federal pharmacy partnership. That’s separate from the allotment to New Jersey’s own state-run sites, which will Murphy said will increase as well in the coming weeks.
Neither CVS nor Rite-Aid have yet published complete lists of participating locations, but CVS has previously said vaccinations would be coming to 27 locations, and cited a few — including one in West Orange.
State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said Wednesday 70 Rite-Aid locations will be participating.
CVS will schedule appointments through its own website. Rite-Aid will direct those seeking vaccinations to the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System.
Update, Thursday: CVS has taken its list live, but early Thursday morning, booked up appointments entirely at the 27 participating stores. Those include locations in Cedar Grove and West Orange.
In all, locations in New Jersey have administered more than 1.1 million coronavirus vaccine doses — 875,424 first doses, and 263,196 second doses, Murphy said. All New Jersey locations are distributing either Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations, both of which require two doses, spaced a few weeks apart. Vaccinations are currently available to healthcare workers, certain first-responders and essential workers, those over age 65 and those with certain health conditions. Murphy has suggested teachers could be made eligible for vaccination soon, but hasn’t announced a date.
- Applications for the New Jersey Environmental Development Authority’s PPE Access program will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 16, Murphy said. The program is open to businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer employees, and allows access to protective equipment at up to a 70% discount. Businesses already approved for a 65% discount last year do not need to reapply.
- Loans received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program will not be subject to state taxes, and expenses paid through PPP funds will be tax deductible, Murphy announced. That’s in line with policy implemented by the Biden administration.