Starting April 19th, all New Jersey residents age 16 and older will qualify to get a COVID-19 shot. That’s weeks ahead of a targeted May 1st date mandated by the Biden Administration. The move comes as health experts warn younger people are at the center of a new wave of COVID-19 infections. Vaccination sites and health centers across the state have now administered more than 4.7 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Roughly 20 percent of the entire state population, nearly 1.8 million residents are now fully vaccinated. That number increased by about a million people in the last month alone.
Today eligibility expands to residents 55 and over along with workers in laundry services, sanitation, construction and higher education. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities 16 and over are also eligible starting today, a week into Autism Acceptance Month, but getting the vaccine can be an overwhelming, even daunting experience for some patients with special needs. A new site in Holmdel is opening with those residents in mind.