NJ health officials aim for COVID-19 vaccine booster rollout to go smoothly

As federal health officials prepare for the rollout of booster shots, New Jersey's health officials are also preparing to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

News 12 Staff

Aug 19, 2021, 10:24 AM

Updated 973 days ago

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As federal health officials prepare for the rollout of booster shots, New Jersey's health officials are also preparing to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
When the vaccine initially started to be offered to the general public earlier this year, getting an appointment was not always the easiest. Now with people getting ready to come back for another dose, the state is trying to figure out the best way possible to get everyone protected.
The New Jersey Department of Health tweeted out that they are "preparing for booster doses of the COVID vaccine for the general public. We await approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as recommendations of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Details to come."
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Meanwhile, the medical community is praising the decision to recommend booster shots. Local sites who have already begun to distribute shots to the immuno-compromised say they have the supply and are ready to give them out to the general public. They say interest in the vaccine goes beyond the booster shot.
"People that haven't been vaccinated are coming in for their first shots. So, we're very hopeful as a medical community, as a health community that individuals are starting to see how important it is to get vaccinated and they're starting to understand the risks to themselves, their children," says Deborah Visconi, CEO of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.
Right now, only time will tell if the booster rollout can get off to a smoother start than the general rollout.
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