In a coronavirus briefing on Friday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy opposed “false statements” that smokers receive the COVID-19 vaccine more than other essential workers.
As reported by NJ Advanced Media, the Garden State expanded its vaccination program to include 2 million smokers between the ages of 16 and 64. This expansion makes people of this age suffer from cancer, advanced renal failure and other diseases. After the expansion, about 4.47 million people (half of the state’s population) can be vaccinated.
Some people criticized this move, saying that smokers have priority over teachers.The CBS of New York reported that Teach NJ is part of the Teach Alliance, “advocating[s] Provide fair government funding for non-public schools in New Jersey,”
Murphy responded to these allegations in a press conference and a post on Twitter. He said that accusing the smoker of jumping in front of his teacher is a misleading “cheap shot.”
He said: “I have to promote a false statement in certain circles that we are vaccinating smokers but we are not vaccinating another group, whether it is blessing our heroic educators or other extremely Important and heroic basic workers,”.
Murphy said in the briefing that about 100,000 doses of the vaccine will be shipped to the state every week, and that it is a top priority to provide the vaccine to high-risk residents. The decision is consistent with the guidance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We cannot ignore the important medical fact that this is a respiratory virus. From day one, our goal is to work hard to save all lives and make decisions based on facts, scientific knowledge and drugs. Whether we like it or not, a simple fact is Smoking, like other chronic diseases and medical diseases, puts someone at a higher risk of a more severe COVID case,” he said.
He also pointed out that because the coronavirus is a respiratory disease, providing vaccines to people at risk is an attempt to avoid hospitalization.
“I understand the optical principles here, and it may be politically expedient to attack those who are used to smoking and who are now addicted. However, at the moment, we are in a position to prioritize the limited federal government-produced products or the least distributed Vaccines are based on medical facts, not political will. We need to save lives and we need to protect our hospitals from the flood of patients.”
Murphy also pointed out that teachers who expand vaccination qualifications include transit workers, grocery store employees and other frontline workers.
As previously reported, the promotion of the use of the COVID vaccine across the country has been criticized and considered “extremely poor”, with some exceptions. President-elect Biden promised to allocate a billion shots within the first 100 days.
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