What to Know
- Every person 16 and older in the greater Philadelphia area can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine dose as of Monday.
- New Jersey was the last local state to open up eligiblity on Monday.
- Besides signing up for appointments, some vaccine clinics are also offering walk-up services.
Every adult in the Philadelphia region is now eligible to sign up for a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as New Jersey, on Monday, opened up vaccines to every person 16 or older.
Gone are the phases, age groups, smoking status and employment requirements that have marked vaccine distribution to this point.
The Garden State stuck with the April 19 deadline set by the Biden Administration rather than moving up the eligibility date for all adults like Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware did. Philly moved up its eligibility date as they found not enough demand for all vaccine slots.
"98.7% of all New Jersey residents live within five miles of where they can get vaccinated," Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.
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Teens who are 16 and 17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine at this point.
To date, nearly 6.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given out in New Jersey. More than 2.5 million people are fully vaccinated, according to state data.
Murphy has put out a goal of getting 4.7 million adults fully vaccinated by the end of June.
The push to get every American eligible for the vaccine comes as we learned that more than half of American adults have now received at least one dose of either the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Vaccine hesitancy still remains a major hurdle, however, in getting doses into arms.