COVID-19 vaccine appointments hard to come by as state expands on who is eligible
More New Jerseyans will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Thursday, but the frequent policy changes have left some local officials confused about when their residents can get the vaccine.
“We’re trying to do our best to convey accurate information to our community. But you know, it's been complicated even for local entities to keep track of,” says Metuchen Mayor Jonathan Busch.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday that starting on Thursday, people age 65 and older can qualify to get the vaccine, as well as anyone 16 years old and up who have certain health conditions. Smokers can also make an appointment for the vaccine.
Those who are eligible must register at the state’s website and wait to hear back. But they may be waiting for months.
The state has a list of places posted on its website where a person can get the vaccine. Middlesex County had six sites, but spots are hard to come by. News 12 New Jersey tried to call to make an appointment but found it difficult.
New Jersey has given out 40% of its vaccine doses. Dozens of other states are moving at a higher rate.
The governor claims that those states may be double counting.
The federal government pushed New Jersey into expanding to 65 and older and promised to make more shots available.
Murphy has repeatedly stated that if the federal government gave the state greater access to the vaccine, the state would be ready to give them out. The governor also asked for New Jersey remain to be patient.