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New Jersey to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults on April 19

April 5, 2021

All New Jerseyans age 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning April 19, two weeks earlier than the state had originally planned, Gov. Phil Murphy announced today.

It is time to make an “aggressive push” to meet the state’s goal of vaccinating most adults by the summer, he said.

The expansion will arrive a little less than two weeks before the May 1 deadline imposed by President Joe Biden. The state will also be in line with Pennsylvania, which will also open eligibility to all on April 19. Murphy has set a goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the population, about 4.7 million people, by the summer.

Gov plans to vaccinate 70 percent of adult population by June 30

As of this morning, 1,796,798 New Jerseyans had been fully vaccinated, according to the state’s data dashboard. The state’ goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of its adult population—about 4.7 million people—by June 30, the governor said.

Effective today, the following additional groups are eligible to receive a vaccination: • Individuals ages 55-64 • Individuals 16 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities • Higher education educators and staff • Librarians and library staff • Communications, IT and press • Real estate, building and home service workers • Retail financial institution workers • Sanitation workers • Laundry service workers • Utility workers

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