As Murphy expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, thousands must now wait to get their shot
New Jerseyans who have tried to get the COVID-19 vaccine have likely received a message that they will have to wait to receive the shot.
While there is much demand for the vaccine, there is not nearly enough supply to allow everyone to get the vaccine immediately.
Chris Treubert has stage four pancreatic cancer. He says that he is extremely pleased to have been moved up by Gov. Phil Murphy to phase 1B and thus allowed to get the vaccine now. But he hasn't been able to get the shot. Treubert is one of 1.2 million New Jerseyans pre-registered with the state to receive the vaccine.
Treubert attempted to sign up with ShopRite on Thursday for an injection but received a message saying there are 18,000 people ahead of him for an appointment. It is evidence that there just isn't enough vaccine to go around.
"I feel like there's a disconnect between the rollout and the administering of the vaccine,” Treubert says. "Millions of people just got moved up in the Garden State, but now we have to adjust to figure that out."
Murphy announced on Wednesday that residents age 65 and up and people 16 and up with certain medical conditions are now eligible to receive the vaccine.
At last check, the state has administered 287,000 vaccine doses – 253,000 were first doses and 33,000 were second doses. About 63% of the recipients were women, according to the state.