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All New Jersey residents 16 years of age and older are eligible for the COVID – CBS New York vaccine

NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – As of Monday, everyone 16 years of age and older in the United States is eligible to receive Preventive vaccine covid-19.

The rule was in effect in New York and Connecticut, but now it is also available in New Jersey.

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As CBS2’s John Dias reported, the seniors lined up outside COVID-19 vaccination site at Essex Community College for a second shot.

“I have faith in vaccines,” one person told Dias.

Now, younger generations can participate.

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All eligible adults, 16 years of age and older, regardless of their health or occupational status.

“If you extend it to that age and they say they want to do it, then great for them,” said Newark resident John Teabout.

“We cannot exclude young people because of their age,” said Ed Kelly.

Kelly just hopes the new age group will pass on pre-booked appointments.

“You have a lot of people running around here, not vaccinated, they can spread the virus,” Kelly said.


Rinshi Brahmbhatt, 24, from Jersey City vaccinated with her father. It comes with a bit of peace of mind.

“No, I’m not afraid. I’m relieved, yes, ”Brahmbhatt told CBS2’s Nick Caloway.

The website run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Monday is quiet, with no or few lines all day. And better yet, for most vaccines have only minor side effects.

“So my arm it feels a bit painful,” said Mehnaz Mursalat, a Newark resident.

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Others have moderate or even severe reactions, although they rarely last more than a day or two.

Dr. Daniel Varga of Hackensack Meridian Health recommends not taking any medications until you actually have symptoms.

“Overall, everyone has responded to an underlying symptom treatment, such as using Tylenol. And, you know, if you get tired, stay home, sleep, drink water, get over it and then go in, ”says Varga.

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Governor Phil Murphy says New Jersey is still on track to meet its full immunization target of 70% of the adult population by June 30, but can only achieve herd immunity if the new group complies.

Zaniyyah Obery, 18, says: “I don’t think young people should get vaccinated.

Newark resident Imani Smith said: “I’m a bit unsure about that because of what happened to Johnson & Johnson.

New eligibility meets President Joe BidenThe national deadline for all states and territories to open vaccination appointments for all adults is by April 19. Earlier this month, he moved it up from 1 May. time to send the clear message of not letting our guard down.

“We’re still in a mortal race with [the] “virus”, Biden said.


In Newark, the mayor is emphasizing the importance of remaining out of society and wearing a mask.

“People are still dying, and who are you to determine who will live and who will die? And is it okay if three people die, instead of 30, because only 3 people die doesn’t mean you have to wear a mask? That’s not the way I think, ” Mayor Ras Baraka.

Nearly seven million people in New Jersey are currently eligible for the vaccine.

More than a third of adults are fully vaccinated in Garden State.

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CBS2’s Nick Caloway contributed to this report



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