COVID-19 vaccine in NJ: From the first dose to ‘mega-sites’ and waiting lists

NJ Spotlight News roundtable: Issues with the state’s vaccination program, from equity to bottlenecks and more

NJ Spotlight News hosted a virtual roundtable on the state’s COVID-19 vaccine program Thursday that attracted hundreds of viewers anxious to learn more about how and where they can get immunized.

The event began with a mini-keynote address from state health commissioner Judy Persichilli, who reviewed the rollout to date and urged residents to be patient as the system is tweaked and vaccine supply from federal stocks increases.

The four panelists — state COVID-19 adviser Dr. Eddy Bresnitz, AARP New Jersey advocacy director Ev Liebman, 1199SEIU executive vice president Milly Silva and RWJBarnabas Health president and CEO Barry Ostrowsky — discussed system bottlenecks, the importance of equity, how long it will take to get community protection and other topics. Health care writer Lilo H. Stainton moderated the event.

The roundtable included a video segment — featured above. Hosted by NJ Spotlight News’ Brenda Flanagan, it touches on vaccine hesitancy, the rollout in nursing homes and public frustration over the state’s registration process.

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