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How is winter weather impacting vaccination efforts in New Jersey?
Due to winter weather on February 18, the Bergen County, Burlington County, Middlesex County, and Morris County megasites closed. In addition, the Gloucester County megasite rescheduled all appointments that had been scheduled between 2 pm and 6 pm on the 18th.
- Those with impacted appointments were contacted directly to reschedule.
- Burlington County (Moorestown Mall) appointments moved to Friday, February 19th.
- Middlesex County (NJ Convention & Expo Center) and Morris County (Rockaway Townsquare Mall) appointments moved to Saturday, February 20th.
- Gloucester County (Rowan College of South Jersey) appointments moved to February 19th-21st.
Vaccine Shipment Delays
Vaccine shipments have been delayed across the country due to storms that have been moving across the United States. As of Friday, February 19th, New Jersey had not received approximately 230,000 doses of vaccine that were expected during that week. Vaccination sites were directed to use existing inventory to vaccinate those with current appointments. However, not all sites have the inventory on-hand to to do this and this will result in many appointments needing to be rescheduled.
Sites began receiving backlogged doses on Monday, February 22. As shipments are delivered, sites are working to ensure those who had their appointments rescheduled are vaccinated.
Due to inclement weather, megasites in Burlington County (Moorestown Mall), Middlesex County (NJ Convention & Expo Center), and Morris County (Rockaway Townsquare Mall) were closed on Sunday, February 7th and moved appointments to February 8th, 9th, 10th, and 13th.
Previously, most, if not all, vaccine sites closed on Monday, February 1st, and all six vaccine megasites remained closed on Tuesday, February 2nd.