Breaking news: Governor opens COVID vaccines to all over age 16

Governor Phil Murphy announced today that, effective April 19, all New Jerseyans age 16+ will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Also, fully vaccinated individuals who travel domestically are no longer required to self-quarantine after their trip or get tested before or after travel.

As of this morning, 1,796,798 New Jerseyans had been fully vaccinated, according to the state’sdata dashboard. The state’ goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of its adult population – about 4.7 million people – by June 30, the governor said.

Effective today, April 5, the following groups are eligible to receive a vaccination:
• Individuals ages 55-64
• Individuals 16 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities
• Higher education educators and staff
• Librarians and library staff
• Communications, IT and press
• Real estate, building and home service workers
• Retail financial institution workers
• Sanitation workers
• Laundry service workers
• Utility workers

A list of everyone currently eligible for vaccination can befound here.

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