CVS and Rite Aid to offer COVID vaccines at select NJ sites beginning Thursday
NJ will start allowing people age 65 and older to get the vaccine, as well as those 16-64 with medical conditions NorthJersey.com
Beginning Thursday, more than 20 CVS locations in New Jersey will offer COVID-19 vaccinations along with more than 70 Rite Aid stores, state Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced at a live briefing on Wednesday.
To date, New Jersey has administered 1,138,757 vaccines.
"These numbers are not where they need to be, but their continued rise keeps pointing us in the right direction," Gov. Phil Murphy said during the briefing.
Aiding that push, the pharmacies' programs are supplied by the federal government and come as additional reserves on top of the allocations given to the state, not a replacement, Murphy clarified.
CVS and Rite Aid pharmacies are expected to receive nearly 27,400 doses through the partnership.
Murphy called the impending influx of vaccines a welcome addition to the state's supply. "With multiple variants starting their spread, we're in a race against time," he said.
CVS will begin rolling out its vaccination program Thursday with a stockpile of 19,900 doses. According to the CVS scheduling website, all locations were fully booked as of 9:00 a.m. Thursday. The locations that will be giving doses included:
- Cedar Grove
- East Brunswick
- Green Brook
- Harrison Township
- Seaside Heights
- Union City
- West Orange
"As more supply becomes available, the company will expand to more locations and offer additional appointments," a Feb. 2 news release stated.
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Rite Aid will follow suit with 7,500 doses, but as of Wednesday night it was only scheduling tests through New Jersey's registration website.
This week, 55,575 doses of Pfizer's first-dose vaccine were allocated to residents, Persichilli said, as well as 87,400 first doses of the Moderna injections.
This marks an increase of 6,000 over what the state anticipated.
Meanwhile, the state expects 55,575 units of the secondary, or "booster," doses from Pfizer and 56,100 from Moderna.
"We have reserved second doses for all who have received first doses," Persichilli assured residents.
Next week, the state expects another bump of 12,000 shots for a total of 67,860, and another delivery of 87,400 individual Moderna vaccines received this week.
For the week starting Feb. 28, those amounts should remain steady. "But even with these increases," Persichilli warned, the demand for appointments is currently greater than what is available, and she advised residents to pre-register through the state's online portal.
Nicholas Katzban is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.