Vaccine Equity in NJ in Action: Ocean County Cut by 40%, Mercer County Supply Increases by 2,800 per Month

TRENTON, NJ – After announcing the vaccine shipments to Ocean County were reduced at this week’s Ocean County Commissioner’s meeting, Shore News Network today learned that Governor Phil Murphy is now sending those vaccines to Mercer County instead.

Ocean County Commissioner Geri Little announced his county would see a drastic reduction in supply going forward.

Today, we learned Mercer County was notified by the Governor’s office that they will be receiving 2,800 more doses of vaccine going forward.

“As I shared in my annual State of the County address last night, Mercer County will get 700 more vaccine doses per week from the state, for a total of 1,500, beginning next week,” Mercer County Executive Director Brian Hughes told Shore News Network today.  “That does not include vaccine received by hospitals, pharmacies, and private clinics. Although it’s still a long way from where we need to be, it’s welcome news and I thank Governor Murphy and his team for hearing our pleas. The fact remains that New Jersey needs more vaccine from the federal government, but the Biden administration is already starting to make that happen and the situation will continue to improve.”