Persichilli: A tremendous imbalance between COVID-19 vaccine supply and demand in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said New Jersey doesn’t have enough doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to meet the state’s demand.  Over 2,000,000 have registered for the vaccine and so far, 565,000 have received at least their first dose.

“We continue to have a tremendous imbalance between the demand for vaccine and the supply of actual vaccine. We do know that more vaccine will arrive in coming weeks and months. Additional vaccine manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson will likely be approved in the coming weeks, adding to our vaccine supply,” Persichilli said. “We urge everyone to be patient. Other states are having similar vaccine shortage issues. This is a huge undertaking, not only in New Jersey but across our nation, unlike anything we have done before. Everyone who wants to get vaccinated will eventually have the opportunity to be vaccinated. Additional slots will become available for people to make appointments as more vaccine supply becomes available.”

As of Monday, 565,401 have been given in New Jersey with 76,697 doses administered in long-term care facilities.