COVID-19: Vaccine Rollout in New Jersey

By Matt McGovern        

The past year has been the most challenging time of our lives in facing the COVID-19 pandemic. New Jersey has been particularly hit hard by this virus. In the state, there have been more than 726,000 confirmed total cases of coronavirus. Unfortunately, we have lost more than 21,000 fellow New Jerseyans to this virus. Even in our own county, we can see the impact of this virus with the following metrics.

As revealed in the graph listed below, the vaccine rollout in NJ has picked up rapidly. The vaccine began being administered in NJ on 12/15/2020. Ever since then, the distribution has rapidly increased from the early days and weeks of inoculating several thousands to tens of thousands of people per day.

  • In the fight against COVID-19, NJ currently has immunized over 2.5 million New Jerseyans and counting. Of that total, over 1.6 million NJ residents have received the first dose of the vaccine and nearly 870,000 have received the second dose of the vaccine.
  • In Morris County, over 189,000 residents have received the vaccine. Of that total, nearly 124,000 have received the first dose and 65,500 have received the second dose of the vaccine.
  • There are three companies distributing COVID-19 vaccines to New Jersey including:
    • Pfizer- BioNTech:
      • Number of doses: 2
      • Interval between doses: 3 weeks (21 days)
      • Total Vaccines in NJ: 1.2 million
      • Total Vaccines in Morris County, NJ: 113,200
    • Moderna:
      • Number of doses: 2
      • Interval between doses: 1 month (28  days)
      • Total Vaccines in NJ: 1.3 million
      • Total Vaccines in Morris County, NJ: 75,900
    • Johnson and Johnson – Janssen:
      • Number of doses: 1
      • Interval between doses: N/A (1 time dose)
      • Note: Will begin administering the vaccine to NJ residents this week

As long as we continue to get our citizens vaccinated we will be able to reach herd immunity, which is the point where enough people are protected against a disease that diminishes its capacity to spread. Many health experts, including Dr. Fauci believe that herd immunity in regard to COVID-19 will be achieved when 70% (typical threshold for herd immunity) of the population is protected by the vaccine. We must continue to be cognizant of this virus and adhere to CDC guidelines for social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing. It appears that we are getting much closer to a brighter future and it is up to all of us to do our part and get vaccinated.

  • To learn more, please visit:
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Homepage on NJ COVID-19 Information Hub:
      • https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine
        • Find out if you eligible for the vaccine (phased approach).
        • Register with NJ Vaccine Scheduling System
        • Book directly with vaccination locations
        • Vaccine Registration Help
        • Second Dose Scheduling
        • Vaccine Safety and Facts
        • Learn from Experts
        • Costs and Insurance
        • How Do COVID-19 Vaccines Work
        • Vaccinations by the Numbers
        • Vaccine Capacity and Access