In recent days, more coronavirus vaccine appointments have become available, particularly at the Atlantic County COVID-19 Vaccination mega-site, where hundreds of appointments were available at the start of the week.
The Atlantic County site is currently filling thousands of appointments on a daily basis at the Atlantic City Convention Center, according to a statement provided to NJ Advance Media.
During his coronavirus press briefing Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy reported that appointments have been open at the mega-site in Atlantic County for the “past several days,” with “more that they are trying to fill for the coming days.”
Murphy and his wife, Tammy, have made appointments to be vaccinated at the mega-site on Friday.
“We were already planning on being there to complete our circuit of visiting all six vaccination mega-sites, and we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase a terrific location with plenty of vaccine availability,” Murphy said.
Since opening Jan. 22, the Atlantic County mega-site has administered more than 169,500 vaccines. Appointments can be booked online.
“It isn’t quite the quantum leap that I had anticipated, but the sense we’re getting from the feds that that number is only going up,” Murphy said during a COVID-19 briefing in Trenton held March 21. “They don’t want to give us some level and then not have the confidence they can continue to meet that level.”
To date, all six mega-sites in New Jersey have vaccinated over 1.18 million people, according to Laura Connolly, public information officer for the New Jersey State Police and Office of Emergency Management.
The vaccination site in Atlantic County is not the only place in New Jersey with thousands of new openings. In Camden County, 2,000 doses were available on Wednesday at the county’s vaccination site in Blackwood, WHYY reported.
Dan Keashen, spokesperson for the county, told WHYY about two-thirds of the county’s vaccine allotment this week is for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Residents can sign up for an appointment onthe county’s website.
In Gloucester County, Rowan University is also offering up to to 2,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine to eligible Glassboro-area residents, employees and students at a clinic at the Recreation Center on the Glassboro campus on Thursday.
This clinic will run in addition to the Rowan Medicine COVID-19 Vaccination Center in Stratford, which opened on Christmas Eve and has administered about 35,000 vaccines thus far.
“The vaccination center is another way for Rowan to assist in the national vaccine effort,” said Barbara Baals, assistant director for Media & Public Relations for Rowan University.
NJ Advance Media has also received reports of more appointments opening up at sites offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. These include the Raritan Valley Community College in Somerset County, for which appointments are made through the state Vaccine Scheduling System, and Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health, which, on Tuesday afternoon, had appointments available at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Middlesex County, the Newark Beth Israel Hospital, and Clara Maass Medical Center in Bellville. Appointments are scheduled online through the healthcare provider.