NEWARK, NJ – The state launched a virtual dashboard this week to show the latest number of COVID-19 vaccines being administered by county, race / ethnicity, age, and gender.
Users can see a city-to-city breakdown of vaccines administered through the online tool, as well as an estimate of the number of New Jersey residents vaccinated.
In Newark, an analysis of the dashboard shows that approximately 40% of residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said during a press conference Wednesday that the number was closer to 42%.
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A closer look at the dashboard also shows that less than 25% of Newark residents have been fully vaccinated. While the neighboring towns of Irvington and Orange account for less than a quarter of the fully vaccinated population, other nearby towns such as Elizabeth, Bayonne and Bloomfield do better with 40-55% of the fully vaccinated population.
To combat those numbers, Newark officials announced this week that they will be hosting a series of pop-up clinics in target communities across the city this summer.
By providing pop-up sites on each ward, officials are designed to provide better access to the vaccine and ensure fair distribution.
The city launched this initiative on Wednesday with a clinic in Ivy Hill Park and will expand the program to every ward in the coming weeks. Additional clinics are held at Ironbound B Field, Luis Muñoz Marin Elementary School, Restored Holiness Church of God, and Nat Turner Park.
“We are obviously not where we want to be, but we are moving,” said Baraka on Wednesday. “We’re doing everything we can to make sure we get more justice to ensure that Newark residents have access to the vaccine.”
Limited data is available on the dashboard, so the numbers are an estimate and are not reflected in breakdowns by county, race, or demographic, according to the state website.