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Who is currently eligible for the COVID vaccine in NJ and who is up next?

Candace Mitchell   |
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More than four million people are eligible for the COVID vaccine in New Jersey — which is likely why you're having a hard time getting one. 

Gov. Phil Murphy has said it many times: The demand (and the number of people eligible for the vaccine) far outweighs the supply of vaccines the state is receiving from the federal government. 

Here's a look at who is currently eligible for the shot in New Jersey and who is up next: 

Who is eligible for COVID vaccine in NJ?

Phase 1a

Parts of Phase 1b

  • First responders
  • People over 65
  • Those under 65 with underlying medical conditions, which include: cancer, heart conditions, chronic kidney disease, smoking, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, down syndrome, sickle cell disease

More: These charts show where the most COVID vaccines have been given in NJ, COVID cases by day

Need a COVID vaccine in NJ?: This list tells you which sites have appointments available

Who is likely to become eligible for the COVID vaccine next?

Remaining groups in 1b

  • Murphy has said repeatedly that teachers are "up next," indicating that the second wave of eligibility will likely be the additional essential workers in 1b. That list, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control, includes food and agricultural workers, postal workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers and those who work in education. 

More essential workers in 1c

  • The final wave of essential workers, as defined by the CDC, will include those who work in transportation, food service, housing construction, IT, communications, energy, law, media, public safety and public health. 

After that, the general population can begin to get vaccinated.