From the Daily Record:
With most schools about four weeks away from opening, New Jersey officials are urging parents to get their adolescents a first COVID shot this week in order to be close to fully vaccinated by opening day.
The state Department of Health plans to have back-to-school vaccination clinics in districts across the state to raise the vaccination rate for 12- to 17-year-olds, which sits below 40%. There are nine clinics this week in Bergen County alone.
“For the folks who are eligible in both of those groups, 12 to 15 and 16 to 17, we need more of you to step up,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.
The push comes as the delta variant continues to spread across New Jersey causing a rise in cases and hospitalizations, including among those younger than 18. Last week, Murphy reversed his stance and is now requiring students, teachers and visitors in all K-12 schools to wear masks when the new academic year begins with an anticipated in-person, full-time schedule.