Gov. Murphy: Millions of New Jersey residents now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine
Millions of New Jersey
residents are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
after Gov. Phil Murphy
said anyone 65 and older, and anyone
16 to 64 with conditions creating an increased risk of serious illness from COVID-19, can now receive the vaccine.
According to the CDC, those conditions include cancer, kidney disease, COPD,
heart conditions, down syndrome, obesity, and even smokers. Pregnant women and
organ transplant recipients are also eligible, but should consult with their
Those who have yet to receive their vaccine in group 1A, which includes firefighters and police officers, remain eligible.
But what happens if you can't find an
appointment? Ever since the governor’s announcement Wednesday which added
millions of people who now qualify, health departments are finding themselves
overwhelmed with requests. The message from both
the governor's office and health departments say the answer is very simple – be
this announcement, websites quickly crashed, appointments filled up, and health
departments became overwhelmed with questions.
“Regardless of where you
live, just be patient. I think this will be a
statewide issue be patient our call volume is exhausted reached the maximum as
well,” says Ocean County Public Health
Regenye says his office had
just 30 minutes prior to the governor's 1 p.m. briefing to prepare for the
enormous surge of calls, emails, and bookings.
“When you're looking at
about a couple hundred thousand people calling you and emailing you for
registration appointments when the proper infrastructure is not rolled out to
handle that, it just needs to be coordinated a little bit better than that,”
Regenye says with patience,
comes encouragement – millions of people in New Jersey want the vaccine.
“It's a daunting challenge
to receive the challenge,” says Regenye. “It is exciting. We are happy the need
is out there, we just need to be able to handle the supply side of it, the
vaccine and staffing and opportunities for the vaccine to be administered to
The easiest way to sign up for a vaccine is to pre-register using the
, or your local health department's website.