BLACKWOOD, NJ– Camden County has immunized approximately 15% of its adult population for COVID-19 as of Wednesday.
According to 2019 census information, there's an approximated 442,655 individuals over 18 in the county.
“That's great news. Johnson & & Johnson will certainly begin increasing that number significantly,” said Commissioner Director Lou Cappelli in reference to the one-shot vaccine's FDA approval.
Cappelli spoke about a sense of New Jersey pride following the news that Kenilworth-based pharmaceutical giant, Merck, will help to increase the availability of the J&J vaccine by manufacturing shots.
“What's wonderful here is … the capability to face forward to the public and serve them as best as we can,” Cappelli continued throughout the COVID-19 virtual city center from Camden County College's Blackwood campus.
The county has had almost 40,000 coronavirus cases and close to 1,100 deaths. Despite the preliminary slow allotment of vaccine dosages, shipments have actually gotten over the past few weeks.
As of Wednesday, 31,000 people have actually been immunized and another 70,000 have consultations in the books through October.
“Keep registering to be vaccinated because that list is going to be moved up,” Cappelli said.
The extra county figures were provided:
- Average of 105 cases per day
- 104 brand-new cases verified Wednesday
- Infection rate of 0.87
- Positivity rate of 7.2%
- 32 additional coronavirus deaths over the past month
Dr. Mark Condoluci, infectious illness physician at Jefferson Health – which with Cooper Hospital helped release the county's vaccine site at the college – clarified reports about the efficacy of the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine.
While the business has acknowledged a 66% efficacy rate in avoiding the coronavirus, Condoluci said it's not so easy provided the fact the vaccine was tested worldwide and with various versions.
“In the United States, it did much, far better, so greater than about 75%,” Condoluci said. “When it comes down to it … if someone out there is asking, ‘If I were to get the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine, what is my possibility of dying from COVID if exposed to it? No. [Let] me state that once again, you get the Johnson & & Johnson vaccine, you will not die from COVID. So basically, it takes this monster of an infection and makes it a cold.”
Homeowners able to protect a vaccine appointment need to stick with that area for their second shot (if the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine). They are likewise motivated to cancel consultations at other websites in order to maximize space for other patients.
On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy shared that New Jersey has validated 2,957 more COVID-19 cases and 63 brand-new deaths. There are now 710,046 cases and almost 24,000 deaths (2,397 thought about likely), with Thursday marking the 1 year anniversary because the very first validated case in the state.
“More than a year earlier, we understood that we would need to prepare our state, and all of you, for the worst and hope for the very best,” Murphy said at his weekly interview in Trenton. “None of us might even picture what it was we eventually would be up against.”
To find a vaccine website available for Camden County citizens click here.
To require an appointment at Cooper's recently-opened center at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, contact 856-225-6141. For details via the county's COVID-19 Vaccination Center Hotline call (856) 549-0530.
Watch Wednesday's press conference below: