It’s approved and the first doses are being sent. Here’s how that will happen
After months of planning and development, the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines is slated to arrive in New Jersey any day, providing a new level of protection for health care workers and nursing home residents most at risk for the disease.
Many details remained in flux last week, including how many doses the state will initially receive and when exactly they will arrive. New Jersey health officials said plans are in place to begin immunizations as soon as possible for a priority group that includes a wide array of health care workers — paid and unpaid — and elderly and medically fragile people in nursing homes and other long-term care.
However, it will take weeks, if not months, before enough people are immunized to significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus, state officials warned last week. Nearly 390,000 New Jerseyans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since March and more than 17,500 fatalities have been connected to the virus.