NJ to give first doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday

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New Jersey will dole out its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning in Newark, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Sunday.

The governor said the vaccination kick-off will be held at University Hospital.

“We will begin vaccinating our heroic healthcare workers,” Murphy told ABC anchor Martha Raddatz on “This Week.”

Murphy said the “majority” of the 76,000 doses sent to the Garden State will be administered to healthcare workers, followed by nursing-home residents and staff.

“Split the majority towards healthcare workers, but a good slug toward our long-term care residents and staff,” Murphy said.

“And then with each ensuing week, those are the two top priorities, and it’ll take us a number of weeks, as you can image, to work through the entire populations in both of those groups,” he added.

The governor said the general masses should have access by spring.

“I think by April, May, everybody will have access to one of these vaccines,” Murphy said.

The federal Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer’s vaccine for emergency use Friday.

Moderna’s vaccine could be the next shipped out, after it asked for emergency use authorization late last month.

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