Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Facebook yesterday afternoon breaking news that NJ residents 65 and older and residents between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions that increase the risk of severe illness from COVID according to the CDC are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination starting tomorrow, January 14.
The announcement was as follows:
BREAKING: Beginning TOMORROW, the following New Jersey residents are eligible for the #COVID19 vaccination:
— Ages 65 years and older
— Between the ages of 16-64 with medical conditions, as defined CDC, that increase the risk of severe illness from the virus
“If you have preregistered at our vaccine website and are now eligible, you should soon be receiving your email that it is your time to make an appointment at a site near you to get your first vaccine dose.”
People instantly reacted to the good news in the comments section of the post, with most people elated.
“Wonderful news!” wrote one commenter. “Thank you NJ, looking forward to scheduling my elderly’ mother’s vaccination asap.”
Not everyone was willing to take the shot even if they are now eligible.
“I defer until all healthcare workers, first responders, all essential workers and elderly have gotten their vaccine,” posted one person.
Others expressed frustration with the process.
“No one will take any appointments!” commented another person. They have no appointments and no doses! So what do we do now? We are all trying to keep our senior loved ones healthy as this vaccine rollout CRAWLS.”
Whatever your view, most can agree that it’s great news that another group of people will be able to get their shots in the foreseeable future.
To find a test site near you, go to the state’s COVID site.
For a list of vaccine sites, click here.