Gov. Murphy: NJ expands eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine to people 65 and older

Expanded eligibility includes others with underlying medical conditions

Starting Thursday, the state will expand the pool of residents eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Adults aged 65 and older, plus those between the ages of 16 and 64 with underlying medical conditions, can now get immunized. The expansion follows changes in federal guideline this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People in those groups will still need to pre-register on the state’s website and make an appointment. So far, more than 1.2 million residents have signed up to get their first dose. Gov. Phil Murphy says onboarding these residents will keep the vaccination lines moving.

The rate of transmission of COVID-19 in New Jersey continues to stay above the key benchmark of 1.0 and hospitalizations rose for the third straight day. It’s part of why the Murphy administration says it’s focused on distributing vaccines as quickly as possible. Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan reports.