It’s another historic day in the state as the first doses of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine were given to health care workers at Hoboken University Medical Center.
Dr. John Rimmer, the director of the hospital’s emergency department, and ICU employee Dinorah Vargas were among the first to be inoculated. Between Moderna and the Pfizer vaccines, state leaders plan to inoculate roughly 500,000 residents within the next month with medical workers at the front of the line. After that, the CDC recommends adults age 75 and older along with frontline essential workers.
The tide of new positive coronavirus cases keeps washing in. Tuesday Gov. Phil Murphy reported the first triple-digit day of confirmed fatalities since June 3 with 104 lives lost. Another 4,686 positive test results were reported, which puts the statewide cumulative total at 440,366. Total known and probable fatalities are 18,326. Hospitalizations from Monday night are up slightly to 3,735.