Rutgers epidemiologist: Blame for slow operation, lack of vaccines falls on federal government

State health officials want to reach herd immunity within six months when it comes to combating COVID-19, but how can that happen if the supply of vaccines is only trickling into New Jersey.

News 12 Staff

Jan 21, 2021, 1:18 PM

Updated 1,242 days ago

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State health officials want to reach herd immunity within six months when it comes to combating COVID-19, but how can that happen if the supply of vaccines is only trickling into New Jersey.
Rutgers Epidemiologist Dr. Stanley Weiss says the blame for the slow operation, and ultimately lack of vaccines, falls directly on the federal government.
Dr. Weiss says the feds also failed by leaving states on their own when it comes to the logistics of mass vaccination. New Jersey is still only receiving 100,000 doses per week. Dr. Weiss says it must all move faster because there is another threat at large. 
“Right now, when we have rampant spread of this virus, the chance for a new variant to come about increases,” says Dr. Weiss.
Dr. Weiss says Washington also needs to find a way to fund states for the operation, which is relying in large part on volunteers.  
Some medical groups and ShopRite have said they're not taking any more appointments because they don't have vaccines to give.


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