Gov. Murphy Says New Jersey Might Obtain First Doses Of COVID Vaccine By Christmas If Authorised – CBS New York
HOBOKEN, NJ (CBSNewYork) News of COVID-19 vaccine doses for New Jersey comes as Governor Phil Murphy warns that statewide restrictions are looming.
Pfizer on Friday formally asked the FDA to approve use of the vaccine in an emergency. The first doses could be available in a month.
The company said Wednesday that its vaccine appears 95% effective in preventing COVID-19.
Governor Phil Murphy said he spoke with Pfizer’s CEO about shipping the vaccine to the Garden State.
“Should this request be approved, and should it be approved, we would expect our first shipment of approximately 130,000 cans to arrive in the state around Christmas time, with more to come,” Murphy said Friday.
The New Jersey Health Department says the first vaccines are reserved for health care workers who could be exposed to the coronavirus from infected patients.
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For now, however, the governor says all options are on the table for further constraints if the spread persists at a high rate.
“We need to develop a different mindset for the next six weeks. We need to put the health, our health, and the health of our loved ones and our communities first before we can celebrate and celebrate, ”Murphy said.
Positivity rates are rising in Bergen County, where some communities see 30-50 cases per day. The district executive says more needs to be done so they can start testing wastewater.
“This type of monitoring can provide up to two weeks of early warning of an increase or decrease in COVID cases in an area,” said Jim Tedesco, Bergen County Executive.
There is a new restaurant and bar order in Hoboken to collect customer contact information.
“So that in the unfortunate event that a waiter, a waitress or a bartender contracts COVID, we can contact them very aggressively and more with a scalpel,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla.
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Meanwhile, many stores are again restricting the amount of toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes and more that each customer can buy.
Westfield’s Jamie Rodriguez says fear filled him up.
“Normal run based on what happened in the spring so we never really stopped,” he told CBS2’s Meg Baker.
In his car, “many children’s cereal boxes, if possible toilet paper, paper napkins and only frozen products,” he said.
With the vaccine appearing to be around the corner, many officials are warning that now is not the time to let go of your guard, but rather redo your security efforts.
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