New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Encouraging All New Jerseyans To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Alicia Roberts reports.

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- The CDC now says half of all US adults have received at least one covid-19 vaccine dose. New Jersey opens eligibility to anyone 16 or older tomorrow. The state joins Pennsylvania and Delaware in offering the shots to the entirety of phase 2. Alicia Roberts joins us live from Pennsylvania with more on the garden state's rollout. Alicia, good evening.

ALICIA ROBERTS: Good evening to you, Joe. That's right, Governor Phil Murphy encouraging all New Jerseyans to get the vaccine as soon as they can get an appointment. Saying that the supply is there to support the opening of that shot to all of those who live, work, or study in the Garden State aged 16 and older.

The governor saying that despite the fact that the one in J&J shot will not be available as this expanded rollout happens, the governor saying that J&J shot has only accounted for 4% of the total doses administered. And that those in line for a vaccine can and should feel safe about getting it.

PHIL MURPHY: And in New Jersey, where we had administered just over two 44,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine prior to hitting pause. No similar adverse effects have been reported. Even with this pause, our overall goal of vaccinating 4.7 million adult New Jerseyans by the end of June remains not only in place but entirely achievable.

ALICIA ROBERTS: There is a bit of urgency as well with the upcoming ASSU season about to start on Memorial Day. As another note, out of New Jersey Camden City schools will reopen for in-person hybrid learning starting tomorrow after being closed for more than a year. They'll do so in a phased approach starting with pre-K to second grade, and they'll have social distancing as well as required masks but wearing in place to help keep those who do come back in person safe. Reporting live at Penn's Landing. I'm Alicia Roberts. CBS 3, Eyewitness News, Joe.