Infectious disease specialist on expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

New Jersey approached the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines differently than neighboring states. For example, New York this week opened vaccine eligibility to everyone age 50 and over. In Connecticut, virtually every resident, 16 or older, will be eligible for vaccination come April 5. Meanwhile, the threshold in New Jersey remains firm at age 65, with a focus on essential workers and those with underlying conditions.

Is this the most effective method? Dr. Judith Lightfoot, chief of infectious disease at Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, says it was but that now it’s time for New Jersey to open up.

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