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Murphy: First COVID-19 vaccines in NJ will be administered Tuesday in Newark

Gov. Phil Murphy says that the first COVID-19 vaccines in New Jersey will be administered Tuesday morning at University Hospital in Newark.

News 12 Staff

Dec 14, 2020, 3:19 AM

Updated 1,282 days ago

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Gov. Phil Murphy says that the first COVID-19 vaccines in New Jersey will be administered Tuesday morning at University Hospital in Newark.
In a tweet Sunday morning, the governor said he'd be on hand, along with Health Commissioner Judy Perischilli and others.
Murphy says the state's first 76,000 doses will be for health care workers and long-term care residents and staff.
Six hospitals will be part of the distribution, including University Hospital, the state's only public hospital.
Hospital President and CEO Dr. Shereef Elnahal was there Sunday as the facility was getting everything set, including ultra-cold storage, in preparation for Tuesday when the first round of health care workers get vaccinated during the governor's visit. 
The hospital is expecting about 3,000 doses of the vaccine, which will go straight to its front-line workers.
Dr Elnahal says the next step is in eliminating the skepticism surrounding the vaccine and ensuring it's distributed equitably across Newark, which was been extremely hard-hit by the virus.
The governor says everyone should be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine by April.


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