Newark ER nurse gets NJ’s very first COVID-19 vaccination

Nurse Maritza Beniquez: 'I won’t have to be afraid to go into a room anymore'

The first person in New Jersey to receive Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was emergency room nurse Maritza Beniquez at University Hospital in Newark Tuesday morning. Gov. Phil Murphy and Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli were there to witness the milestone in the quest to curb the coronavirus.

“I won’t have to be afraid to go into a room anymore. I won’t have to be afraid to perform chest compressions,” said Beniquez.

“On March 4th, we had our first case. Today, I stand before you and we have over 400,000 cases in New Jersey. The availability of this vaccine within a year is nothing short of a scientific achievement that we have never seen in our lifetimes,” Persichilli said. Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan reports.