Gov. Phil Murphy said the winter storm that hit New Jersey Wednesday night disrupted “some amount of the delivery” of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state, but minimally so. He said Thursday morning that the 47 hospitals expecting to receive their first delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine would still receive it. 19 vaccine would still receive it.
With the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan underway, there’s a major push across New Jersey to encourage African Americans and Latinx residents to get vaccinated. Historic abuse and experimentation in medical research are well-documented, promoting fear of and resistance to medical treatments among those two groups. Many Black and brown leaders say the benefits of vaccination outweigh any concerns.
Hospitals across the Northeast, already strained by an increase in Covid-19 patients and the first week of vaccine distribution, were preparing Wednesday for a winter storm with the potential to bring accident victims to their doors.
Call it a soft opening. The long-awaited rollout of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 starts Tuesday morning in New Jersey, as health care workers at University Hospital in Newark roll up their sleeves for the shots.
Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell, Jr. say that even before COVID-19, our health care needs were immense. Because of population growth creating an aging population with complex medical needs, we have known that we would need an additional 2,500 to 2,800 physicians by 2020 to meet the state's health care needs.