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COVID-19 vaccinations are underway across New Jersey!
Currently, vaccines are available to health care workers, long-term care residents, police officers, fire professionals, individuals over the age of 65, and individuals ages 16-64 with certain pre-existing conditions.
You can register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine here: covidvaccine.nj.gov
President Joseph R. Biden has been sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. As he takes office, our country continues to reckon with a deadly pandemic, a deep economic crisis, and the aftermath of the deadly attack on our national Capitol. We must meet these crises with absolute urgency and bold solutions. Led by President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, I am confident we will rise to the challenges of this moment to unite our nation and make our government have a positive impact in peoples’ lives once more.
The United States has crossed 24,300,000 infections and 402,000 deaths due to COVID-19. During this deeply trying time, I want to ensure you have the latest information about the pandemic and my work in Congress to protect the safety and economic security of North Jersey workers and families.
Update on Cases in New Jersey
As of January 20, there are 635,701 confirmed cases and 20,512 deaths in our state, an increase of 40,788 infections and 473 deaths from last week. Yesterday, New Jersey reported another 3,761 confirmed cases and 54 additional deaths
Cases continue to spread rapidly across our state and we cannot let our guard down. Help is on the way as vaccine distribution ramps up. In the meantime, it is vital we slow the spread by continuing to practice social distancing, wearing a mask, and practicing good hygiene.
Questions about COVID-19 vaccine distribution? My office has prepared a fact sheet here.
Currently, vaccines are available to those who are in Phase 1A, including health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care (LTC) congregate settings. Vaccines are also available to certain individuals in Phase 1B, including law enforcement officers, fire professionals, individuals over 75, and individuals ages 16-to-64 with medical conditions that increase risk for severe COVID-19.
If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, there are three ways to get vaccinated:
Learn more about where, how, and when you can get vaccinated at this Frequently Asked Questions page. You can read more about the vaccine distribution and administration process at the Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine page.
New Jersey’s goal is to vaccinate 70 percent of the adult population – or 4.7 million adults – within six months.
Containing the Spread
In light of the rapidly increased spread, the indoor gathering limit is currently 10 people and the outdoor gathering limit is currently 150 people, with certain exceptions detailed here. Additionally, restaurants, bars, and lounges must close their indoor premises from 10:00pm-through-5:00am and will not be allowed to offer indoor bar seating at any time.
Anyone returning or visiting from out of state beyond the immediate region (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) must abide by the state travel advisory to self-quarantine for 10 days, or 7 days with a negative test.
You can help contact tracing efforts across the state by downloading the COVID Alert NJ app. This app notifies users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Update on COVID Relief
Questions about the new $600 direct economic impact payments? Learn more and check the status of your payment here.
Last month, Congress acted on a COVID-19 relief measure which provides up to $600 in direct payments for many Americans, extended unemployment benefits including weekly $300 payments, and billions to support small businesses, vaccine distribution efforts, schooling, child care, transportation, rental assistance, the postal service, and nutritional assistance for hungry families.
Last Congress, the House of Representatives additionally passed the CASH Act to increase the recent round of direct payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000. The Senate did not act on our measure before the end of the 116th Congress. As further relief legislation is considered, please know I am committed to fighting for every last dollar my constituents need to stay healthy, fed, housed, and safe during this time of deep crisis.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) has distributed over $20.9 billion in state and federal unemployment benefits to over 1.4 million New Jerseyans across the state since COVID-19 upended businesses nine months ago, with claimants receiving an average of $14,505 in benefits.
Last month, Congress passed additional relief legislation which extends for 11 more weeks the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs. NJDOL has begun distributing $300 weekly federal benefits to unemployment recipients. While far more relief will be needed, these federal unemployment programs help keep hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans afloat. I am committed to fighting to get my constituents the aid they need to weather and rebuild from this crisis.
If you are experiencing issues receiving your owed unemployment benefits, please reach out to my Paterson office anytime at 973-523-5152 for assistance.
We are facing a global pandemic, and ensuring the safety of all families from COVID-19 and its impact on day-to-day life is my top priority. My office has prepared an informational webpage to ensure workers, families, businesses, and health care providers know their options for relief. For the latest on the coronavirus in New Jersey, check the state’s website at covid19.nj.gov.
Finally, in the face of a global pandemic and deteriorating economic conditions, more and more Americans are experiencing mental health issues. The U.S. Census Bureau found earlier this year that three times as many American adults are facing depression or anxiety this year compared to last year. If you feel overwhelmed or in crisis, please know there are resources and people available to help. New Jersey has set up a free mental health support line. Just call 866.202.HELP or text NJHELP to 51682 for support from 8am to 8pm.
You can always reach me and my staff in Washington at 202-225-5751 or New Jersey at 973-523-5152 for assistance or further guidance. Remember, my door is always open to you. We are all in this together.