COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands in Philly, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility expanded throughout the Delaware Valley on Monday.

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MATT O'DONNELL: And happening today, more people become eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations on both sides of the Delaware River. And it couldn't come at a better time as cases and hospitalizations are increasing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Action News reporter Corey Davis is live at Penn's Landing with the race to vaccinate. Good morning, Corey.

COREY DAVIS: Hey Matt, good morning. So April appears to be unofficially the month where a huge number of people are now becoming eligible to sign up for vaccines, so I want to give you a breakdown here.

Starting in New Jersey today, the vaccination expansion now includes people ages 55 through 64. Those who are ages 16 and up with intellectual and developmental disabilities are also now eligible, as well as additional frontline essential workers, including those working in higher education.

So far, more than 1.7 million people have been fully vaccinated in New Jersey. But there is still concern as the state lags behind several other states in the number of people being vaccinated.

FUNLAYO ADEDEJI: I think it's a great thing, especially summer coming. People need to go out and do that.

MATTHEW CHORE: I'm happy to be able to do stuff like this and be outside again and be with family.

COREY DAVIS: And take a look at this chart here showing the vaccine rollout in Pennsylvania. Today is marked in red. Those who are in phase 1B are eligible to be vaccinated in Pennsylvania starting today. This includes people such as postal workers and public transit employees.

So far more, than 3.6 million people have been partially vaccinated here in Pennsylvania. Just over half have received full doses of the vaccine. So Pennsylvania is also looking to move to phase 1C on next Monday.

Reporting live here in Penn's Landing, Corey Davis, Channel 6 Action News.