New Jersey Nursing Homes Won’t Receive COVID Vaccine This Week Due to Missed Deadline
Nursing home residents in New Jersey will not get a coronavirus vaccine Monday after state officials missed the federal deadline by a day.
"To start on the 21st, there was a deadline for the 7th ... we missed this date by a day," said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli at a press conference on Friday.
"We asked to start on the 21st and they said, 'No, you start on the 28th. "It was that simple," said Persichilli.
The health commissioner said the "sheer volume of information that had to be entered" for the more than 600 long-term care facilities, skilled nursing homes and assisted living facilities had resulted in the state failing to meet the deadline.
Governor Phil Murphy said the vaccine will be administered through a federal partnership by CVS and Walgreens, according to NJ.com.
"We will start with our veterans at home and in qualified care facilities, including moving to assisted living homes," Murphy said.
The news comes after the state announced last week it would receive 20 percent fewer doses of Pfizer and Moderna's COVID vaccines by the end of the year. Although 492,075 doses of the vaccines were promised this month, there will only be 392,800, according to Persichilli.
COVID-19 has ravaged nursing homes in New Jersey and the Greater Tri-State. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, more than 11,000 nursing home residents in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut have died from the coronavirus.
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