NJ’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout still not smooth as rush is on for appointments

Vaccine shortages and tight appointments have stoked controversy over who should get priority

The state is still facing criticism for the pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. More than 310,595 doses were administered as of Friday, including 37,079 second doses. State government leaders contend the federal government is causing a bottleneck in shipments of vaccines.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said New Jersey needs four times the number of vaccine doses it currently receives to meet demand. The state is getting about 100,000 doses a week, falling short of the demand. Add to that, confusion and frustration over how to register and secure an appointment. Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan reports.