Some people who got their initial COVID-19 shots when vaccines first became available in New Jersey are lining up to get booster shots, even though they may not meet the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s strict eligibility requirements. Right now, third shots are supposed to be limited to people with compromised immune systems or people who have had organ transplants. But those administering the shots don’t ask for that information and many people don’t tell.
The CDC is expected to issue new guidelines for a broader booster program. Gov. Phil Murphy says the state expects those guidelines could make up to 2.4 million people in the state eligible for a booster shot. Some mega-sites could be reopened to handle the demand.