SEWELL, N.J. (CBS) – A coronavirus vaccine mega site opened Monday in Gloucester County, New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy toured the site at Rowan College of South Jersey in Sewell.
It’s one of six vaccine mega sites that Murphy says will open in New Jersey this month. Two more are in our region at the Moorestown Mall and the Atlantic City Convention Center.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Investigating 2 Separate Fatal Hit-And-Runs: 'It Can Get Pretty Chaotic Around Here'
“These sites will be in position to vaccinate frontline health care workers who are part of the so-called 1A category. We anticipate them also being able to accommodate the 1B category of essential workers, before moving to the 1C category of adults over the age of 65 and those with high-risk medical conditions,” Murphy said.
Murphy says the rollout of the vaccine has been slower than anticipated. They are not getting as many doses from the federal government as they’ve been told and the governor is frustrated.
“The last number I had, 209,000-something New Jerseyans have raised their hands and their sleeves to get vaccinated, including many across South Jersey. With this site on line, we’re prepared to expediently add to their ranks,” Murphy said. “As I’ve said, just because we have the vaccines in New Jersey doesn’t mean the Pandemic is over. However, this pandemic will be over when we defeat this virus for good and any significant part that requires getting millions of our fellow New Jerseyans vaccinated.”READ MORE: Temple University Students, Faculty Have Mixed Feelings About Returning To In-Person Learning
Several New Jerseyans who stood in line Monday to get vaccinated said they’re happier standing in line than they’ve been in months knowing the process to get over this virus may very well be underway.
CBS3’s Dan Koob contributed to this report.
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