The first batch of the coronavirus vaccinations started arriving in December for those at the greatest risk including nursing home staff and residents and physicians and health care workers who work directly with COVID-19 patients.

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According to a NJ.com and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention close to 121,000 already have been vaccinated in the Garden State as of January 5th.

The next wave of vaccination recommendations for those in the 1b group include people over 75, first responders, police, firefighters, educators, postal, grocery and daycare workers, food and agriculture, public transit and correction officers.

Next up would be the 1c category and that would include those between 16 and 64 with high risk conditions and those between 65 and 75. The next phase of essential workers include transportation workers, food service, IT, construction, communication, energy, legal and waste and media.

There is also a website set up from the state to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine. According to NPR.org, Phase 1b will start to roll out in January and those in group 1c should begin receiving their shots sometime in February.

The goal is to have 70% of all New Jersey adults vaccinated by June of 2021 and the  vaccine available to everyone by April or May.

Since I work in the media, I should have access to the COVID vaccine sometime next month. I will take a deep breath, since I have a big fear of any kind of needle, and get the vaccine when its available to me.

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