The state of New Jersey expanded its current limited access to COVID-19 vaccines to people over 65 years-old, those 16 to 64 years-old with certain underlying health conditions, and, er, cigarette smokers. From NBC New York:
“It’s outrageous. They’ve chosen to put themselves in that position,” said Jonathan Strauss, who disagreed with expanded guideline for smokers. “To put someone one the list — ahead of these people that are volunteering to put their health on the line — because they have chosen to put themselves in a particular medical condition is outrageous.”
But state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said over the course of an afternoon press conference that “smoking puts you at significant risk for an adverse result from COVID-19.” Persichilli also said that seniors have accounted for 80 percent of coronavirus deaths in the state. Two-thirds of the total number of those who have died had one or more underlying conditions.
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