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New Jersey has fully vaccinated 4.7 million people, a goal it met two weeks early, Gov. Murphy says

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) speaks at the Coronavirus press briefing in Trenton, New Jersey.

Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday that New Jersey met its goal of fully vaccinating more than 4.7 million people who live, work, and study in the state about two weeks earlier than its original target date of June 30.

The achievement follows an aggressive vaccination campaign that included door-knocking and incentives for state residents such as free beer and wine, free state park passes, and even dinner with Murphy and his wife.

The state has also surpassed President Joe Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults with at least one dose by the Fourth of July. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 77 percent of adults in New Jersey have received at least one dose of the flu vaccine.

“Because of the millions of you who stepped forward today to protect yourselves, your families, and our communities, we are proud to announce that we have now exceeded our initial goal, with 12 days to go before our self-imposed deadline,” Murphy said at a press conference on Friday.

The New Jersey outbreak, which peaked in January with a seven-day average of more than 6,000 new cases per day, has since dwindled to a daily average of around 260 cases per day over the past week. Since the beginning of data collection, New Jersey has recorded over 1 million Covid cases and 26,000 Covid deaths.

The state’s covid deaths peaked in April 2020, with a seven-day average of 345 deaths per day. Since then, the number of deaths per day has decreased to an average of six.

The state had previously defied CDC recommendations to allow vaccinated individuals to avoid wearing masks indoors, but it changed its mind two weeks later.

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