Monday, April 5, 2021 4:44 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is opening up COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to those 16 or older beginning April 19. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy announced the change on Monday. Murphy says the expansion comes two weeks ahead of plan and added that it’s the “right time to put our program into higher gear.” The announcement came the same day that those 55 and older as well as people in other jobs categories became eligible for the vaccine. Murphy has promised to get 70% of the state’s adult population, or 4.7 million people, vaccinated by the end of June.