Tracking sites suggest early vaccinations lagging in NJ – NJ Spotlight

Tracking sites suggest early vaccinations lagging in NJ – NJ Spotlight


Credit: (Edwin J. Torres/ Governor’s Office)
Dec. 18, 2020: Gov. Phil Murphy (second from left) was at Hackensack Meridian Health’s vaccine clinic as vaccinations were underway.

New Jersey officials say they are pleased with how the state’s coronavirus vaccine program has launched at hospitals, and health care and labor leaders reported few significant glitches with the process to date.

But questions remain about the pace of immunizations at the hospital-based vaccine clinics, which began administering the vaccines to at-risk health care workers early last week, and state officials declined Tuesday to provide updated data on how many sites are now operating and how many people have been immunized thus far.

In addition, efforts to track the vaccine rollout nationwide suggest some states have been better able to capitalize on federal shipments from Pfizer and Moderna, the two pharmaceutical companies whose vaccines are now approved for emergency use in the U.S.

New Jersey’s Department of Health said Tuesday it expects to receive 154,500 doses from Moderna this week — 7,200 of which have already arrived — and nearly 54,000 Pfizer vaccine doses, some of which will go to staff and residents at nursing homes and other long-term care centers.

“I believe that it is purely in our case a slight lag in hospitals reporting into the system,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday when asked
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