Vaccination sites in Bergen County administered more COVID-19 vaccines than any other county in the state as of Friday, Feb. 5. That’s no surprise given that Bergen County has the highest population of any county in the state and is also hosting one of the state’s six vaccine mega-sites. Essex and Monmouth counties ranked second and third, even though they aren’t hosting any mega-sites. Essex County was quick to get several regional vaccinations sites going early on, and the county has an easy-to-use registration portal for county residents early on.
Middlesex County and Morris County, the hosts to two of the other six mega-sites in the state, also rank in the top six counties for the number of vaccines administered.
Somerset County ranked 12th, with 35,856 vaccines administered, while Mercer County ranked 15th, with 25,450 vaccines administered at sites in the county.
Our chart includes each county’s per capita vaccination rate, but it should be noted that the state data below is a tally of the number of vaccines administered at all of the vaccination sites in each county. While one might assume that people are getting vaccinated in their own counties, in many cases people are traveling to other counties to get vaccines at mega-sites or hospitals. It would be helpful if the state also provided data by county showing how many people living in each county have been vaccinated.
On a per-capita basis, Cape May and Morris County have administered more COVID-19 vaccines than any other counties, while Mercer and Hudson counties rank at the bottom.
Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes said in an email on Friday that the registration system for vaccinations at the county site at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, which is using the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System, will now allow the county to prioritize Mercer County residents for appointments. He said that was previously was not the case. Many other counties and some municipalities have operated sites that are only for residents or workers in their jurisdictions. Many health centers and urgent care centers have also limited vaccines to existing patients only. CVS will roll out a vaccine program at 27 locations in N.J. starting this week, but will have a limited supply to start. Appointments are sure to fill up quickly. It is unclear whether CVS will maintain a waitlist. Walgreens is also expected to begin offering vaccines in the state in the coming weeks.
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