With COVID-19 cases trending downward, is NJ turning the corner on pandemic?

Health officials say vaccinations are helping to ward off infectious coronavirus variants but getting to herd immunity will still be a challenge

Numbers of COVID-19 cases are trending downward in New Jersey but demand for vaccinations also appears to be dwindling. Health officials claim that both numbers mark turning points: first, that getting shots in arms is helping to ward off infectious coronavirus variants and beat the virus; and, second, that reaching herd immunity could get a bit tougher.

As people eager to get a COVID-19 shot are vaccinated, that leaves a pool of more vaccine-resistant folks. So New Jersey is shifting tactics, including offering vaccinations to walkups at mega-sites.

WATCH: How close are we to a COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents?

MORE: A hopeful treatment is COVID-19’s ‘silver lining’