Just over half of the staff at New Jersey's long-term care facilities have gotten COVID-19 vaccinations, compared with 84% of residents, the state's top health official said Wednesday.
Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said during a news conference with Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in Trenton that about 56% of the staff at the state's almost 400 nursing homes and long-term care facilities have gotten vaccinated, she said.
Persichilli said some staff members from such facilities come from ethnic groups in which concerns have been raised over vaccines, and a number of younger staffers have also gotten misleading information online that wrongly suggested certain vaccines could impact fertility.
“We have a lot of education to do,” she said. “I think we will get those percentages up. it's imperative that we do.”
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The number of new cases over the past two weeks in New Jersey is down 25%. Murphy has cited the positive trend as a rationale for further reopening of the state's economy, including weddings, proms and outdoor gathering.