While everyone aged 12 and over in New Jersey is eligible for the vaccine, vaccination levels against COVID-19 are lagging behind some major cities in the state, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday.
So far, more than 4.26 million people have been fully vaccinated and more than 5 million have received at least their first dose, Murphy said at his latest coronavirus briefing in Trenton.
But of the big cities, Philipsburg has the lowest vaccination rate of 40 percent, Murphy said.
It is followed by Pemberton (41%), Lakewood (42%), Irvington (42%), New Brunswick (43%), East Orange (44%), Camden (48%), Glasboro (49%) and Wallington (49%). ).
Bridgeton reaches exactly 50 percent, Murphy said.
Although the number of these cities is still low, “progress has been significant,” Murphy said, noting that the state will continue to hold events to reach communities where vaccination levels are lagging behind.
“We continue to work with local staff in these communities, among many others in the state, to provide them with the resources they need to move these levels of vaccination to where they need to be – and where we know they can be,” he said. Murphy. “And especially for young people, now is the time to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your friends.”
“We know that there is a direct link between the ever-increasing number of vaccinations and the ever-decreasing number of cases and hospitalizations,” he said.
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Karin Price Mueller can be reached at KPriceMueller@NJAdvanceMedia.com.