The first batch of Covid-19 vaccines in New Jersey will be administered at Newark University Hospital on December 13, Governor Murphy announced via Twitter.
BREAKING: New Jersey’s FIRST # COVID19 vaccines will be given at @UnivHospNewark on Tuesday morning. I’ll be there with Commissioner Persichilli, @ShereefElnahal, and @Rutgers_NJMS Dean Johnson.
Our first 76,000 cans are for:
☑️LTC residents & staff
– Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) December 13, 2020
On December 10th, Governor Murphy tweeted: We are one step closer to our first shipment of vaccines in New Jersey – a moment we have been planning since March. WE ARE READY.”
On December 9th, NJ.com reported that New Jersey is expecting a vaccination soon. However, it is unclear exactly how many will be available. “With the approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine expected this week, New Jersey could get its first shipment of doses by Monday, but it remains unclear how many would receive in the first batch and by the end of the year. Governor Phil Murphy has said 76,000 doses to over 460,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines could be brought to New Jersey this month and by early January. “
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According to the New York Times, the FDA’s Vaccine Advisory Board, composed of independent scientific experts, infectious disease doctors, and statisticians, voted 17 to 4, with one member abstaining, in favor of emergency clearance for people aged 16 and over.
The article also states, “The first shipment of 6.4 million cans will leave warehouses within 24 hours of FDA clearance, according to federal officials. About half of these doses will be mailed across the country, and the other half will be reserved for first-time recipients who will receive their second dose about three weeks later. “
The vaccine, made by Moderna, is expected to be approved in the coming weeks.
COVID-19 numbers since the pandemic began
Total New Jersey cases as of December 13: 400,650
Total Hoboken Cases as of December 10: 1,662
Jersey City total cases as of December 10: 11,722