An additional 16 CVS Health locations in New Jersey will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations beginning Feb. 25, the company said in a statement.
The pharmacy retailer is already providing shots at 27 outlets across the state. The new locations are in Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Union counties.
CVS said the 16 locations would receive 19,890 doses of the Pfizer vaccine each week. The original 27 stores are getting 19,900 weekly doses of the Moderna vaccine.
The Pfizer and Moderna shots are the only two approved for use in the U.S. But a Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be on the horizon soon. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Feb. 24 that an agency analysis found the J&J shot to be safe and effective. A panel of independent analysts at the FDA will meet on Feb. 26 to determine whether the vaccine should be approved for distribution.
While the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses administered several weeks apart, the J&J version requires only a single dose. And the New Brunswick-based pharmaceutical giant’s shot can be stored using ordinary refrigeration, unlike the others which require ultra-cold temperatures.
According to the state’s COVID-19 information website, 1,790,701 New Jerseyans had received vaccines as of Feb. 25. Of that total, 1,206,244 have gotten the first shot and 584,186 have received both and are thus fully vaccinated.
Gov. Phil Murphy has set a goal of inoculating 70% of the state’s population by the spring, but the program has been beset by delays and an imbalance between supply and demand. In January, Murphy criticized CVS and Walgreens — which is also administering vaccines under a federal program — for their handling of the rollout. The state is receiving more doses each week than it was earlier in the year, though the pace of the process still lags that necessary to meet the governor’s goal.