New Jersey governor on mass COVID-19 vaccination sites, short supply

Gov. Phil Murphy discusses how he plans to meet his goal of vaccinating five million people in the state in six months, despite a current low supply of doses.
3:34 | 01/26/21

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Let's bring in New Jersey governor Phil Murphy. Let's start with the vaccine situation in your state. I know you've been forced to close two main vaccination sites because supply just isn't there. Yeah, George, good to be with you. We have a distribution advise right now, I think we have 270 different locations to distribute the vaccine including the six megasites, the one at the meadowlands being one of them. We need more doses. The Biden administration knows that. They entered into what is I think an empty cupboard and they're frantically I know obsessed with building that supply back. We need more doses. But the CDC's delivered almost double the doses to your state that have been administered. What's the holdup? We've got two different program, one is the federally run long-term care channel and they are literally putting aside doses in advance of visits to nursing homes and extended living and other communal settings, so it looks like they're not getting used. Those are actually earmarked for distribution over the next week or two and then on the state side we're distributing any given day -- we're not throwing any doses away, I promise you that. It depends on what day of the week you look at it. Whether or not we've just gotten supply, et cetera, but we are putting as much -- as many shots in the arms as possible. What exactly do you need to reach your goal of vaccinating 5 million people, 70% of your population within six months? Yeah, 4.7 million to be precise of our adults, we need probably two or three times the weekly dosage that we're getting right now. I'm confident we'll get there. It's not going to be as early as we had hoped but I'm confident we're going to get there and I think by the time we turn to the summer, we're in a whole different place. Let's talk about schools as well. President Biden wants all elementary schools to move to in-person learning within his first 100 days. Can you do that in the state of New Jersey? We can at least do it, George, on a hybrid basis. I'm not sure we could do it all in fully in person. We need to get more doses, get our educators vaccinated and that's a big game changer. We're starting to see a shift right now, meaningful shift from remote to hybrid districts in our state. We've got many districts, I I think the game changer will be whether or not we can get the vaccinations for our educators. There are some science that it's plateauing in places. New York, your neighbor and California start to ease covid restrictions. Is that on the table in new Jersey right now? I think -- I hope sooner than later, George. I mean, we think we're plateauing right now between now and early February. If that turns out to be the case and we could control the variants that are coming tough and make sure we keep our basic stuff in place like social distancing and face coverings, I think we can. I think sooner than later we can at least take some modest steps in that direction. How much is president Biden changing the situation? Game changer. Game changer. Two ways, obsession with this, knowing that public health creates economic health and a consistent national strategy as opposed to a patchwork quilt. It's a complete game changer over the past six days. Governor Murphy, thanks for your time this morning. Thanks for having me, George.

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