NEWARK, NJ (WCBS 880) – There is a new group eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey on Monday as a new FEMA-operated vaccination site comes to Essex County.



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Starting Monday, employees from the food distribution, shipping, warehousing, hospitality, justice, electoral and other front line employees can make an appointment for the shot.

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The extension is just the warm-up act for the next week.

Governor Phil Murphy said he expected vaccine shipments to increase by 20%, bringing the general eligibility age down to 55 on April 5.

As the week progresses, the state also has a big head start on the government as a new FEMA-operated mass vaccination site opens on the New Jersey Institute of Technology campus in Newark, where vaccination rates are still too low, according to Murphy.

“Let me tell you, we didn’t just happen to announce this FEMA site, it’s in Newark, and while this isn’t just for people who live in Newark per se, we’re working around with the mayor and the local community make sure the word comes out, “Murphy said.

They plan to administer 6,000 doses a day, seven days a week, for at least the next two months in the new location.

Murphy said the website will “focus on ensuring vaccine equity and penetrating deep into communities at higher risk of virus exposure and infection.”

All of this comes weeks before Murphy’s plan to broaden vaccination rights across the state.

“We can set May 1 as our target opening date for anyone in New Jersey age 16 and older who live, work, or study in that state,” Murphy said.

According to the White House, there are only four states that have not announced a target date for universal access. One of them is New York.

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