New Jersey to keep vaccine database to track COVID-19 vaccination status

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TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey will be tracking who gets the COVID-19 vaccine in a database that will be kept active during the course of the pandemic.  Governor Murphy said there will be a state vaccine registry to be used to see who did and who did not get the vaccine and to notify those who did when their second shot is due.  As far as opting out?  You can, but not until the public health emergency expires, which could be as much as one year from now.

Governor Phil Murphy has instituted a COVID-19 vaccine tracking database whether you like it or not.   By default, every resident of New Jersey who receives a COVID-19 vaccine will be entered into the database. Only afterward, residents can request to be removed from the database…only after the current health emergency expires.  Until then, the state will be monitoring and tracking who is vaccinated and who is not.

“In preparation for the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines to New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy last night signed Executive Order No. 207, which automatically enrolls residents who choose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine into the state’s existing vaccine registry,” the state said.

The Governor’s Executive Order changes inclusion into the New Jersey Immunization Information System from an opt-in to an opt-out program for residents who elect to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. That group of residents will be automatically enrolled into the system, and will then be permitted to opt-out of the registry 30 days after the public health emergency expires.

Currently, all individuals born on or after January 1, 1998 are automatically enrolled in the registry, unless they opt-out of the registry. Any individual born prior to January 1, 1998 can elect to opt-in to the registry.

“As we continue to prepare for the first tranche of vaccines in New Jersey, we are exploring every avenue to maximize efficacy and efficiency,” said Governor Murphy. “We’re taking this step today to ensure that New Jerseyans who choose to receive a COVID-19 vaccine get the most effective course, on the proper timetable, without logistical or bureaucratic hurdles in the way.”

“Accurate accounting of every dose of vaccine is vital to monitoring implementation progress of New Jersey’s vaccination plan,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.  “The system will also allow us to ensure residents are returning for the second dose of vaccine.”