As thousands of New Jersey residents are being vaccinated every day, New Jersey State Senator Kristin Corrado said the state’s plan is failing some vulnerable individuals.
“Homebound seniors and developmentally disabled residents feel abandoned,” said Corrado (R-40). “They wonder when, if ever, they will have the opportunity to get the vaccine. We are getting calls at our office constantly from family members concerned that they loved ones will fall through the cracks in the rush to inoculate as many New Jersey residents as quickly as possible.”
According to published reports, more than 20 percent of New Jersey adults have been fully vaccinated. The demand for appointments continues to exceed the supply, though. The state is expecting another half-million vaccine doses this week.
The Murphy Administration expanded the COVID vaccine eligibility list today, adding food service, eldercare, warehousing, hospitality workers and clergy, among others.
“Those who are reaching out to us are frightened and anxious. They don’t know if they are eligible for the shots, and they don’t know how to make an appointment or where to turn for help,” said Corrado. “These are special cases. Many are individuals who don’t often get out in public and who struggle with online communication.
“Vulnerable New Jerseyans have been in the front of the vaccination lines from Day 1, but so far, some have been forgotten. I’m asking the Governor to take the action to ensure homebound seniors and developmentally disabled residents receive fair COVID treatment,” Corrado added.