More people are choosing to get vaccinated as cases of delta variant rise

More than 5 million New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

News 12 Staff

Jul 21, 2021, 2:26 AM

Updated 1,001 days ago


More than 5 million New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Some areas of the state are still ramping up their vaccination efforts as cases of the delta variant are on the rise.
Medicine Man Pharmacy in Hoboken has been hosting vaccine clinics at a gym on Jackson Street for months. They had a surge earlier this summer when children over the age of 12 became eligible for the shot. They are now seeing another uptick in adults at the walk-in clinic.
“My first shot was April 8,” says Vibha Gupta.
And now, more than three months later, Gupta came back for her second Pfizer shot. A potential allergic reaction kept her away. But the rise in COVID-19 cases and the delta variant brought her back.
“I have a 10 and 12-year-old. The 10-year-old doesn’t have a shot. I want to make sure it’s for safety. Second, a return to work is coming up,” she says. “Rules are different for those who are vaccinated versus who’s not. It feels like a new passport to the world.”
“People on the edge - they're coming now to get vaccinated,” says pharmacy owner Pete Sutaria.
He says that there hasn’t been a crowd at the clinic like there was on Tuesday in a long time. Many adults who were hesitant at first are now reconsidering.
Hoboken resident Mike Ricciardi has a child too young to get vaccinated.
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“I would like more time and data. That was my concern. Usually these vaccines take more time and data, but I know people who have gotten them by now.”
Sutaria believes it's that combination of more information, education and rising delta variant concerns that are pushing many who were on the cusp to come to get the shot.
“People are more educated that the vaccinations are safe and it works,” he says. “Everybody who got vaccinated – even if infected – haven’t been hospitalized.”
Sutaria says that 38 people showed up to the clinic on Tuesday, a big jump from just a few weeks ago. The clinic is open to anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Hoboken. It is open every Tuesday and now appointments are needed.

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