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Vaccinations are underway across New Jersey!
Over 4.8 million doses have been administered.
Vaccines are available to a wide range of New Jerseyans, including health care workers, individuals over 55, individuals over 16 with certain pre-existing conditions or developmental disabilities, and several categories of essential workers.
Register to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at covidvaccine.nj.gov or view a full list of vaccination sites and instructions to make an appointment here.
Questions? Call the state hotline at 855-568-0545 between 8:00am and 8:00pm daily.
Our country continues to reckon with a deadly pandemic and economic crisis. The United States has now crossed 30,900,000 infections and 556,000 deaths due to COVID-19.
Help is on the way. More than 169 million vaccines have been administered, fully vaccinating over 63 million Americans. We crossed President Joe Biden's goal of 100 million shots several weeks ahead of schedule, and are well on our way to 200 million shots by the end of the month. As availability expands, President Biden has directed state governments to make all adults eligible for vaccines by April 19.
As we fight to vanquish this virus, 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.
Slowing the Spread
As of April 7, there are 933,738 confirmed cases and 24,700 deaths in our state, an increase of 28,594 infections and 214 deaths from last week. New Jersey's seven-day average for cases is now 3,703, down 2% from a week ago and up 32% from a month ago.
Cases continue to remain high in our state. As vaccine distribution continues, it is vital we slow the spread of by continuing social distancing, wearing a mask in public, and practicing good hygiene.
As of April 7, New Jersey has administered 4,892,598 vaccines, including 3,121,660 first doses and 1,896,442 second doses. Over 25% of all New Jerseyans have now been fully vaccinated.
Currently, vaccines are available to health care workers, residents or staff of long-term care facilities, public safety professionals, individuals over 55, individuals over 16 with certain pre-existing conditions or developmental disabilities, individuals experiencing homelessness, teachers and school staff, childcare workers, transportation workers, utility workers, and other essential workers. Effective April 19th, all residents over 16 will be eligible for vaccination! Learn more about eligibility here.
If you are eligible to receive a vaccine, there are two primary 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. You can reach the state vaccine hotline at 855-568-0545 between 8:00am and 8:00pm daily to speak to a trained operator. You may also contact the state online for assistance here.
The American Rescue Plan
Earlier this month, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package to defeat the virus, energize our economy, and clear our communities to reopen. Our plan includes billions for vaccine distribution, $1,400 stimulus checks, weekly $300 federal unemployment benefits, an expanded child tax credit ($3,000 per child up to age 17 and $3,600 for children under age six), resources to safely open our schools, money for housing and nutritional programs, and urgent assistance to state and local governments.
The IRS has now distributed relief payments to more than 156 million Americans. Payments for millions of Social Security recipients are going out this week. Millions of non-tax filers owed relief are finally getting payments after my colleagues and I demanded swift action.
If you are experiencing issues receiving your owed relief, please reach out to my Paterson office anytime at 973-523-5152 for assistance.
The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) has distributed more than $25.6 billion in benefits since the start of the pandemic, with over 2 million New Jerseyans submitting initial claims in that period.
Last month, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan which extends until September the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program providing benefits to unemployed gig workers, as well as the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program offering weekly $300 federal benefits. These critical programs help keep hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans afloat.
The American Rescue Plan also included relief for most taxpayers receiving unemployment, allowing them to exclude up to $10,200 of unemployment compensation from income taxes. As Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, I have been pressuring the IRS to send refunds to Americans who reported unemployment compensation on their tax returns before the American Rescue Plan became law. Last week the IRS confirmed to me that most of those who already filed do not need to file an amended return, and that further refunds owed would be issued via check later this spring and summer.
If you are experiencing issues receiving your owed unemployment benefits, please reach out to my Paterson office anytime at 973-523-5152 for assistance.
The delays imposed by Commissioner Saul defied congressional intent and imposed needless anxiety and pain on taxpayers. Now the IRS needs to do its job and get these overdue payments out to suffering Americans. Further delays will not be tolerated by the Ways and Means Committee. I continue to push for Commissioner Saul’s immediate removal.
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. 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.