Two years after an outbreak of the pneumococcal disease in New York City that has killed more than 50 people, the state is trying to make the process easier for residents.
New Jersey is trying something different.
Chris Christie says his administration is working on a pilot project to allow residents to get their own appointment at the state’s vaccine center, which is located in East Rutherford.
The goal is to get more people vaccinated than currently are, Christie said Thursday.
“I want to make sure that when people are making their decision on vaccination, they’re taking into account the information that we have, not just the information we’re given,” he said.
The governor’s comments come days after the state announced it would be opening up its vaccine appointment system to all residents, including those without insurance.
The move comes after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will be taking the reins in implementing a statewide vaccination program.
“We are not just going to wait until January,” de Blasio told reporters on Wednesday.
“We’re going to go in and make sure we have as many vaccine providers and the vaccines as possible, and we are going to take the reins.”
As of this writing, there are more than 9.4 million people in New England who are covered by insurance through the federal government, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
New York’s plan is to expand that to more than 13 million by the end of the year.
In addition to opening up the system, Christie says he will provide state and local health officials with incentives to improve vaccination.
He says the goal is that by 2024, New Jersey will have the lowest rate of pneumococcus infection among states.
New Jersey currently has one licensed vaccination center, the East Rutherford, New York, Community Health Center.
Christie said the facility would be open to all, regardless of insurance status, and that he plans to expand the program to New Jersey’s entire population by 2024.
The announcement comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March recommended states allow the vaccination of adults and children over the age of 12 and encourage them to get vaccinated at least six months before starting school.
The agency also urged states to consider opening up their vaccination centers to all people, including people who are uninsured.
The CDC also said in May that the number of new cases of pneumococcosis had increased nearly 40 percent in New Hampshire over the past two years.
In February, Gov.
Maggie Hassan (D) announced that she would introduce legislation to open the vaccination center to all New Hampshire residents by 2022.
The state of New Jersey has been a hub for the US vaccine program for the past decade, according for the CDC, and it has been able to meet the country’s national goal of vaccinating at least 95 percent of children and adults by the time they enter kindergarten.
In April, Christie announced a plan to expand access to vaccines for people with chronic illnesses, including the flu.
The governor says that the vaccine is particularly helpful in people who have a chronic illness, and he wants to expand it to people who can’t get vaccinated because of a preexisting condition.
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