State and health officials in New Jersey continue to push for more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as deadlier variants of the coronavirus emerge. But in some towns, vaccination rates lag far behind state goals.
Low vaccination rates are attributed to vaccine hesitancy and misinformation, among other reasons. Some residents in Lakewood have said they will not get vaccinated because they already had COVID-19 and have antibodies, though scientists still are not sure how well naturally acquired antibodies work against new variants of the virus like the delta variant. Health experts still recommend vaccination as the best means of protection against the risk of serious illness.
The municipalities — of more than 10,000 residents — with the lowest vaccination rates among adults are: Lakewood, Irvington, East Orange, Camden City and Wallington.