NJ 101.5: Hunterdon County hospital gave COVID vaccine to top donors, execs' relatives

Some of the first people to get COVID-19 vaccinations at a New Jersey medical center were the relatives of top hospital executives, trustees and donors, according to a report by New Jersey 101.5.
The station reports that the shots were administered to people with ties to Hunterdon Medical Center, Hunterdon Healthcare and the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation during a time when only front-line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities were eligible.
A hospital spokesperson says donors and board members weren't given preference over eligible staff or at-risk individuals who were available, but received the vaccine when eligible recipients couldn't be located rather than have the vaccine doses go to waste.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.