The first batch of the Covid-19 vaccines in New Jersey will be administered at University Hospital Newark, Governor Murphy announced via Twitter on December 13th.
Our first 76,000 doses will be for:
☑️Health care workers
☑️LTC residents & staff
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) December 13, 2020
On December 10th, Governor Murphy tweeted, We’re one step closer to receiving our first shipment of vaccines in New Jersey – a moment we’ve been planning for since March. WE ARE READY.”
On December 9th, NJ.com reported that New Jersey expects the vaccination to arrive soon, but it is unclear how many exactly will be available, stating, “With approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine expected this week, New Jersey could receive its first shipment of doses by Monday, but it remains unclear how many would be received in the first batch and by the end of the year. Gov. Phil Murphy has said that anywhere from 76,000 doses to upwards of 460,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines could be headed to New Jersey this month and into early January.”
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According to The New York Times, The F.D.A.’s vaccine advisory panel, composed of independent scientific experts, infectious disease doctors, and statisticians, voted 17 to 4, with one member abstaining, in favor of emergency authorization for people 16 and older.
The article also noted, “The initial shipment of 6.4 million doses will leave warehouses within 24 hours of being cleared by the F.D.A., according to federal officials. About half of those doses will be sent across the country, and the other half will be reserved for the initial recipients to receive their second dose about three weeks later.”
The Moderna-produced vaccine is expected to be approved in the coming weeks.
COVID-19 Numbers Since The Start of The Pandemic
New Jersey total cases as of December 13: 400,650
Hoboken total cases as of December 10: 1,662
Jersey City total cases as of December 10: 11,722