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NJ Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

By Elizabeth Scalzo 

Editor-in-Chief 

The anticipation of when you will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine is weighing on a lot of people, but New Jersey is working towards making it available to more residents. 

On April 5, the vaccine will now be available for those 55 and older and people 16 years and older with developmental disabilities, northjersey.com reports

According to Northjersey, new groups of essential workers have also been added for the next round of vaccines such as:

  • Higher education instructors and staff
  • Librarians and library staff
  • People in communication and information technology fields
  • Real estate and home service workers
  • Retail and financial institution employees
  • Sanitation workers
  • Laundry workers
  • Utility workers. 

Gov. Phil Murphy also announced that anyone 16 and older is expected to be able to get the vaccine starting May 1, according to a press conference held on March 26. 

While the wait continues for college students to be vaccinated, all of the FDU faculty and staff from NJ will be eligible for the vaccine starting April 5 if they haven’t already received it. 

COVID-19 Numbers 

There were 4,666 new positive COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, with 567 new cases in Bergen County. 

 Sun. 3/28/2021Sat. 3/27/2021
New Jersey892,000887,000
Bergen County89,47188,904

*Numbers according to Google Statistics.

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Art by Elizabeth Scalzo.

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