Boost NJ2 Week is Coming

Based on Walmart’s efforts during the first Boost NJ day in December, where the giant retailer vaccinated some 7,500 individuals, the company subsequently recommended to the state’s Department of Health that a similar event be held again. 

In response, Gov. Phil Murphy said today the state will hold a Boost NJ2 Week, from Feb. 23 – March 1.

The Department of Health sent letters to vaccination partners yesterday, calling on them to join the effort, Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said at today’s COVID-19 press briefing. Some 177 partners, including 42 Walmart stores, have already joined the effort.

During the first Boost NJ Day, vaccination partners across the state, including retail pharmacies, county and local health departments, pop-up clinics and federally qualified health centers, vaccinated nearly 45,000 individuals.

To date, only 51% of those eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster have done so. At a previous COVID briefing, the governor said he was not happy with this result.

Residents in need of a booster should visit to find a vaccination site near them.

In other news, the governor today announced that $10 million in funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) will be allocated to support New Jersey’s Foreclosure Prevention Act program administered by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). NJHMFA will use the funds to stabilize communities through supportive homeowner interventions and vacancy rehabilitation and sale, stemming the loss of single-family homes to rental property investment firms.

“The Foreclosure Prevention Act was more than a decade in the making. My administration is proud to have signed this landmark legislation adding to our state’s capacity to address the concerns of current New Jersey homeowners and future homebuyers,” Murphy said. “Today’s funding will permit this program to launch at scale and continue to grow.”

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