Health officials want 70% to get vaccine in six months, spending $6 million to get ready
New Jersey has big plans for a potential coronavirus vaccine. State health officials said they hope to get 70% of residents inoculated within six months, have identified most of the funding needed and are crafting a strategy to prioritize distribution to those most at risk.
“Our goal, if I may, is pretty high,” Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli told lawmakers last month during a hearing on the new state budget, which took effect Oct. 1.
But many challenges remain. Persichilli and others warned there could be vaccine shortages, especially at first, and note additional dollars may be needed to pay clinicians to administer the injection. They said they are also working out details on storage, as the inoculations may require refrigeration, and ways to effectively track who gets immunized.