NEWARK, NJ – About 29 percent of Newark residents are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to state statistics released Friday. The number is up from last week when it was 28 percent.

The New Jersey Department of Health recently began publishing vaccination statistics for every city and town in the state. The state’s website does not state what type of vaccine was given. The Pfizer and Moderna versions require two doses several weeks apart; The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires a single dose.

State health officials noted that the site could have more than 100 percent vaccination coverage for some cities for a variety of reasons, including people moving, students living on campus in the area, and people living in long-term care facilities.

Newark has a population of 282,011 people, according to the latest US Census estimate.

In Newark, here is the percentage breakdown of people who received “at least one dose” of the COVID-19 vaccine by May 28th:

  • Every age – 39 percent
  • 18 and above – 51 percent
  • 65 and above – 72 percent

Here is the breakdown of the fully vaccinated individuals who completed their course in Newark:

  • Every age – 29 percent
  • 18 and above – 39 percent
  • 65 and above – 62 percent


Newark has recorded 36,826 cumulative COVID-19 cases, according to statistics released by Essex County on Friday.

Other current case numbers in Newark are:

  • May 21 – 36,810 cases
  • May 14th – 36,662 cases

Newark has recorded 993 cumulative deaths related to the disease as of Friday, district officials said.

Other current death tolls in Newark include:

  • May 21 – 988 deaths
  • May 14th – 978 deaths


The state has opened its eligibility list to anyone 16 or older living, working, or studying in New Jersey. Vaccines are available to all residents, regardless of immigration or insurance status.

New Jersey has paved the way for hundreds of vaccination sites across the state, including federally qualified health centers, supermarkets, pharmacies, and doctor’s offices. Some take appointments or have residency requirements, but others don’t. Individuals can visit to pre-register.

New Jersey recently added a “Vaccine Appointment Finder” that can be seen Here.

Essex County has more than 40 places to get a COVID-19 vaccine if you qualify, including county-operated locations in West Orange and Newark where walk-up appointments are available.

Some Essex County websites, such as a federally supported center in Newark, use the Pfizer version, which is approved for people 12 years and older. However, many other websites use the Moderna version, which is only available to people over the age of 18.

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