Governor Murphy celebrates vaccine anniversary as breakthrough hospitalizations near 50% in New Jersey

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TRENTON, NJ – The COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a pandemic among only the vaccinated in New Jersey as Governor Phil Murphy today announced 47% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations are among fully vaccinated, but unboosted residents. Using that data that the Governor’s office has been downplaying since September, Murphy is now using the data to push booster shots.

On the one year anniversary of the first administered vaccination, 47% of all hospitalizations in the state are fully vaccinated patients.

“Governor Phil Murphy today returned to University Hospital in celebration of the one-year anniversary of the of the first COVID-19 vaccination in New Jersey. On December 15, 2020, Governor Murphy marked the historic beginning of New Jersey’s vaccination effort at University Hospital and witnessed the administration of the first COVID-19 vaccinations to the state’s frontline health care workers,” the governor’s press department said in a statement today. “To mark the anniversary, Governor Murphy and New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli designated December 15 as Boost NJ Day, with vaccination sites offering expanded walk-in availability and extended hours to increase accessibility and encourage booster doses.”

Murphy noted that the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine is quickly waning as hospital cases among the fully vaccinated increased for a 12th straight week since September.

“As the recent daily case counts can attest,” Murphy said. “I think it’s 47% over the past 10 days or two weeks of new admissions here, fully vaccinated, but not yet boosted.”

More than seven million New Jerseyans have received at least their first dose, and more than six million have completed their primary vaccination course. Additionally, 1.5 million eligible New Jerseyans have received their booster dose.

“Today’s anniversary marks a significant milestone in the progress we have made against COVID-19,” said Governor Murphy. “Over the last year, we have learned that vaccines are the best tool we have in preventing hospitalizations and death, and millions of New Jerseyans have rolled up their sleeves to protect themselves, their families, and their communities. However, with data showing waning immunity over time, we encourage all New Jerseyans ages 16 and older to receive a necessary booster dose to enhance their protection against COVID-19.”

New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli echoed the ineffectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine as soon as six to eight months after the final dosage has been administered.

“With waning immunity and increased holiday travel and gatherings, it is critical for everyone to maintain their protection against this virus,” said New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Persichilli. “Over 4.7 million people are eligible for booster doses in New Jersey and yet only about 37% have gotten that additional shot of protection so far. We must do better.”


Now, Murphy and Persichilli are recommending fully vaccinated residents get their third shot, a booster before the holidays to protect them against the COVID-19 virus.

Last week, Pfizer also agreed that Americans with their two-dose regimen are experiencing waning effectiveness and recommend the third shot, also announcing a fourth shot could be needed in early 2022 to defend against the omicron variant.

“Results from an initial laboratory study demonstrating that serum antibodies induced by the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (BNT162b2) neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant after three doses. Sera obtained from vaccinees one month after receiving the booster vaccination (third dose of BNT162b2 vaccine) neutralized the Omicron variant to levels that are comparable to those observed for the wild-type SARS-CoV-2 spike protein after two doses,” the company said.

The announcement of a fourth vaccination for patients under the Pfizer regimen comes just hours after Dr. Anthony Fauci said America will soon change the definition of fully vaccinated, causing concern that in 2022, ‘fully vaccinated’ could mean a person with four COVID-19 doses in their body in just one year.

With omicron cases growing in India, that country is reporting that of the 21 cases, nearly all of them involve sore throat, weakness and cold-like symptoms only.

“All the cases have reported mild symptoms,” the Times of India reported. “The 37-year-old man, who was admitted to the hospital on December 2, had a sore throat, weakness, and body ache, according to reports.”

Shore News Network coverage of COVID-19 breakthrough cases:

Earlier this year, the New York Times reported Pfizer has made $3.5 billion off the COVID-19 pandemic and their vaccines. Bloomberg predicts Pfizer will make $35 billion off the sale of their COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.

“New figures from the Peoples Vaccine Alliance reveal that the companies behind two of the most successful COVID-19 vaccines —Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna— are making combined profits of $65,000 every minute. The figures based on the latest company reports are released as CEOs from pharmaceutical industry meet for the annual STAT summit —the equivalent of a ‘Big Pharma Davos’— from 16-18 November,” reported the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. “Based on company financial statements, the Alliance estimates that Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna will make pre-tax profits of $34 billion this year between them, which works out as over a thousand dollars a second, $65,000 a minute or $93.5 million a day. The monopolies these companies hold have produced five new billionaires during the pandemic, with a combined net wealth of $35.1 billion.”

“Contrary to what Pfizer’s CEO says, the real nonsense is claiming the experience and expertise to develop and manufacture life-saving medicines and vaccines does not exist in developing countries. This is just a false excuse that pharmaceutical companies are hiding behind to protect their astronomical profits,” Anna Marriott, Oxfam’s Health Policy Manager said. “It is also a complete failure of government to allow these companies to maintain monopoly control and artificially constrain supply in the midst of a pandemic while so many people in the world are yet to be vaccinated.”


TRENTON, NJ – The COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a pandemic among only the vaccinated in New Jersey as Governor Phil Murphy today announced 47% of all COVID-19 hospitalizations are among fully vaccinated, but unboosted residents. Using that data that the Governor’s office has been downplaying since September, Murphy is now using the data to push booster shots.

On the one year anniversary of the first administered vaccination, 47% of all hospitalizations in the state are fully vaccinated patients.

“Governor Phil Murphy today returned to University Hospital in celebration of the one-year anniversary of the of the first COVID-19 vaccination in New Jersey. On December 15, 2020, Governor Murphy marked the historic beginning of New Jersey’s vaccination effort at University Hospital and witnessed the administration of the first COVID-19 vaccinations to the state’s frontline health care workers,” the governor’s press department said in a statement today. “To mark the anniversary, Governor Murphy and New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli designated December 15 as Boost NJ Day, with vaccination sites offering expanded walk-in availability and extended hours to increase accessibility and encourage booster doses.”

Murphy noted that the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine is quickly waning as hospital cases among the fully vaccinated increased for a 12th straight week since September.

“As the recent daily case counts can attest,” Murphy said. “I think it’s 47% over the past 10 days or two weeks of new admissions here, fully vaccinated, but not yet boosted.”

More than seven million New Jerseyans have received at least their first dose, and more than six million have completed their primary vaccination course. Additionally, 1.5 million eligible New Jerseyans have received their booster dose.

“Today’s anniversary marks a significant milestone in the progress we have made against COVID-19,” said Governor Murphy. “Over the last year, we have learned that vaccines are the best tool we have in preventing hospitalizations and death, and millions of New Jerseyans have rolled up their sleeves to protect themselves, their families, and their communities. However, with data showing waning immunity over time, we encourage all New Jerseyans ages 16 and older to receive a necessary booster dose to enhance their protection against COVID-19.”

New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli echoed the ineffectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine as soon as six to eight months after the final dosage has been administered.

“With waning immunity and increased holiday travel and gatherings, it is critical for everyone to maintain their protection against this virus,” said New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Persichilli. “Over 4.7 million people are eligible for booster doses in New Jersey and yet only about 37% have gotten that additional shot of protection so far. We must do better.”


Now, Murphy and Persichilli are recommending fully vaccinated residents get their third shot, a booster before the holidays to protect them against the COVID-19 virus.

Last week, Pfizer also agreed that Americans with their two-dose regimen are experiencing waning effectiveness and recommend the third shot, also announcing a fourth shot could be needed in early 2022 to defend against the omicron variant.

“Results from an initial laboratory study demonstrating that serum antibodies induced by the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (BNT162b2) neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant after three doses. Sera obtained from vaccinees one month after receiving the booster vaccination (third dose of BNT162b2 vaccine) neutralized the Omicron variant to levels that are comparable to those observed for the wild-type SARS-CoV-2 spike protein after two doses,” the company said.

The announcement of a fourth vaccination for patients under the Pfizer regimen comes just hours after Dr. Anthony Fauci said America will soon change the definition of fully vaccinated, causing concern that in 2022, ‘fully vaccinated’ could mean a person with four COVID-19 doses in their body in just one year.

With omicron cases growing in India, that country is reporting that of the 21 cases, nearly all of them involve sore throat, weakness and cold-like symptoms only.

“All the cases have reported mild symptoms,” the Times of India reported. “The 37-year-old man, who was admitted to the hospital on December 2, had a sore throat, weakness, and body ache, according to reports.”

Shore News Network coverage of COVID-19 breakthrough cases:

Earlier this year, the New York Times reported Pfizer has made $3.5 billion off the COVID-19 pandemic and their vaccines. Bloomberg predicts Pfizer will make $35 billion off the sale of their COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.

“New figures from the Peoples Vaccine Alliance reveal that the companies behind two of the most successful COVID-19 vaccines —Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna— are making combined profits of $65,000 every minute. The figures based on the latest company reports are released as CEOs from pharmaceutical industry meet for the annual STAT summit —the equivalent of a ‘Big Pharma Davos’— from 16-18 November,” reported the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. “Based on company financial statements, the Alliance estimates that Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna will make pre-tax profits of $34 billion this year between them, which works out as over a thousand dollars a second, $65,000 a minute or $93.5 million a day. The monopolies these companies hold have produced five new billionaires during the pandemic, with a combined net wealth of $35.1 billion.”

“Contrary to what Pfizer’s CEO says, the real nonsense is claiming the experience and expertise to develop and manufacture life-saving medicines and vaccines does not exist in developing countries. This is just a false excuse that pharmaceutical companies are hiding behind to protect their astronomical profits,” Anna Marriott, Oxfam’s Health Policy Manager said. “It is also a complete failure of government to allow these companies to maintain monopoly control and artificially constrain supply in the midst of a pandemic while so many people in the world are yet to be vaccinated.”


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