N.J. to begin COVID-19 vaccinations at 90 nursing homes next week


A pair of national pharmacy chains will begin administering coronavirus vaccinations to nursing home residents and staff members in New Jersey on Monday, with about 90 locations across the state currently scheduled for inoculations throughout next week, state officials said.

That number is expected to increase as more facilities set up vaccination clinics with CVS and Walgreens as part of a federal program, state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said Wednesday at the state’s COVID-19 briefing in Trenton.

After nursing home residents and staff members are vaccinated across the state, the pharmacies will begin vaccinating thousands of residents and staffers at assisted living facilities, the state’s five development centers, federal housing for seniors, group homes and other facilities, Persichilli said.

In all, the state has set aside about 500,000 Pfizer vaccine doses to cover about 17,000 facilities, she said. Vaccinations will run through the rest of December, all of January, and into February.

More than 7,000 of New Jersey’s 18,000 coronavirus deaths have occurred among residents and staff at nursing homes and longterm care facilities. Officials announced another 11 longterm care deaths Wednesday, and there are currently active outbreaks at 427 facilities, resulting in 4,895 new cases among residents and 5,606 among staffers.


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