The move will streamline the COVOID-19 vaccination process, Gov. Phil Murphy said. Full state enrollment will help health officials track how many people receive the vaccine, and ensure recipients get the required second dose from the correct vaccine and people don’t accidentally get duplicate vaccines.
The new case level exceeds the high points of the pandemic’s first wave, which saw approximately 4,800 new cases on several days in April.
The state has a goal of vaccinating 70 percent of adults in New Jersey over the next six months. Health care workers are expected to be given priority for the first shipments of the vaccine, followed by other vulnerable populations, and then the general public.
State epidemiologist Christina Tan said it is still too early to tell if the Thanksgiving holiday would result in a spike, since the incubation period for the virus is 14 days. But she said that is a concern that has been on the minds of health officials.
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All indoor youth and adult sports will be suspended starting on Dec. 5, and continuing through Jan. 2, and outdoor gatherings will be reduced further, to 25 people starting on Dec. 7.
Residents are being urged to confine Thanksgiving celebrations to immediate family only, and to take measures such as having a celebration outdoors if feasible, or indoors with ample ventilation if not. Party hosts are also urged to have supplies such as masks, hand sanitizer and single-use towels on hand for guests.
Thanksgiving Emergency Food Distribution Event to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Murphy said Friday, Nov. 20, that, if the FDA approval is given, the state could receive its first shipment of 130,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine in mid-December, hopefully followed by a first shipment of Moderna’s vaccine in late December.