Murphy expands vaccine eligibility to include those 55-64, among other groups (starting April 5)

More frontline workers are added to list of those now eligible

Everyone in New Jersey age 55 and up is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine — beginning April 5.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday increased eligibility to include a number of new groups, including more frontline essential workers and high-risk groups. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, higher education educators and staff, and communications and utility infrastructure workers are among the others now eligible. And, full disclosure, members of the media, too.

Here’s a look at those who will be eligible April 5:

Beginning Monday, April 5, the following groups are eligible for vaccination:

  • Individuals ages 55-64;
  • Individuals ages 16 and up with intellectual and developmental disabilities;
  • Educators, including support staff, in higher education settings;
  • Communications infrastructure support, including engineers and technicians, and members of the press;
  • Real estate, building and home service workers, including construction workers, code officials, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, property management and maintenance workers;
  • Retail financial institution workers, including bank tellers, lending services, public accounting, and check-cashing workers;
  • Sanitation workers providing disinfection and janitorial services, city sanitation workers, and residential, commercial, and industrial solid and hazardous waste removal workers;
  • Laundry service workers, including those working in laundromats, laundry services and dry cleaners;
  • Utility workers, including electrical generation and supply system, natural gas delivery, nuclear power plant, water supply, telephone, cable/fiber/optical/broadband/cellular service workers; and,
  • Librarians and support staff at municipal, county and state libraries.

“Our administration has worked closely with communities to build an extensive vaccination infrastructure, and has opened over 700 vaccination sites across the state,” Murphy said. “We are already averaging approximately half a million shots per week, and with an expected increase in our federal allocation, we are confident we can expand our vaccination program to more of our essential workers and vulnerable populations. Together with our community partners and a steady supply of vaccine from the federal government, we will meet — and exceed — our goal of vaccinating 4.7 million New Jersey adults.”

For more information about eligibility, statewide vaccination site locations, and to preregister for a vaccination, click here.