CORONAVIRUS Update for New Jersey Businesses 1/28/2020

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2021

Today's News for New Jersey Business:
New Jersey to get an increase in vaccine shipments. Getting an appointment for a second shot is not always easy. J&J says research data on its single-dose vaccine candidate will be released early next week.

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More Vaccine Doses Are Coming – New Jersey will receive about 130,000 vaccine doses in each of the next three weeks, Gov. Murphy said Wednesday. The increase – from about 100,000 per week – follows President Biden’s announcement that the U.S. is ramping up deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer or early fall. (

Johnson & Johnson’s New Single-Dose Vaccine Candidate is Coming – If all has gone well with its clinical trial, Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine candidate will likely be the next one available in the United States. The company said it's on track to deliver interim data from its clinical trial by early next week. Still, it can take weeks for the vaccine candidate to make it through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authorization process. (CNN)

More Federal Money for Distributing Vaccines is Coming – The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday it was giving the New Jersey State Police $216 million to help cover the costs of storing, transporting, distributing and administering coronavirus vaccines through April 30. The police are working with the state Health Department to distribute the vaccines. (

Vaccine Registrations are Decentralized – Less than 5% of the immunization sites in New Jersey are using the state’s registration system, with the vast majority running their own sign-up system. This uncoordinated registration system is frustrating the public as residents eager to get vaccinated discover they cannot easily make an appointment through the state portal. (NJ Spotlight News)

Getting A Second Shot is Not Always Easy – Confusion over scheduling at the vaccination mega-site at Rowan College in Gloucester County, and a few others, has led to some individuals being left without second-dose appointments. Gloucester County officials said last week they were unable to schedule the follow-up shots and blamed the state’s vaccination scheduling system. But Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said Monday that vaccination sites were told to make the second appointment before the person leaves their first appointment since second doses are set aside to ensure steady supply. (NJ Spotlight News)

Business Closure Rates During the Pandemic Across Racial and Ethnic Groups – The number of Black-owned businesses has fallen by 41%, followed by Latinx-owned (32%) and Asian-owned (26%). The number of White business owners fell 17%, according to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. (CNN)

In the Schools – The amount of COVID-19 transmissions in schools is lower than state officials had once feared. But the state's largest teachers’ union said a rush to reopen schools is "reckless." (NJ Spotlight News)

Rutgers Researcher, Who Helped Create COVID-19 Saliva-Test, Dies at 51 – A Rutgers research professor, whose work led to the creation of the first coronavirus saliva-based test, died unexpectedly on Saturday, the university announced. The cause of death for Andrew Brooks, 51, was not released by the university. The saliva-based test received FDA emergency approval last spring and has played a significant role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, school officials said. (

Looking at Employee Health Insurance for 2021? – N.J. Chamber of Commerce member companies can enroll in the Members Health Plan that gives you – and your employees – the power of a big employer when it comes to health insurance service and stability of rates. Find out how you can save.

N.J. Coronavirus Cases - New Jersey Residents
(Source: N.J. Health Department)

Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 18,984

Total Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported: 602,660

For data on hospitalizations and discharges, click here.

For data on vaccinations, click here.


The U.S. Small Business Administration's website with guidance and details on forgivable business loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

New Jersey small businesses can buy PPE at a 10% discount through this state program.

The state is offering assistance programs for New Jersey businesses.

The U.S. Chamber return-to-work playbook for employers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's report on reopening and preparing workplaces for COVID-19.

The CDC's recommendations for employers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when they reopen their offices.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's listing of coronavirus resources for small businesses.

The state's jobs and hiring portal matches employers and candidates.
For employers to participate, click here.

New Jersey's information on all of the state's business resources during the pandemic.

New Jersey's website for up-to-date information about COVID-19.

Have Questions about the Status of an Unemployment Claim? - You can send a message to the state Labor Department through its website – Follow these instructions:

· On the top of the page, look to the top right for “Need Help?” and unveil the drop-down menu
· Choose 'Send an Online Message'
· Choose 'Submit a message through our new online form.'
· Follow the prompts

To report a scammer or suspected price gouging, alert the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs at (973) 504-6240 or at

The state set up a 24-hour hotline where health care professionals are answering questions about coronavirus. The toll-free number is 1-800-222-1222. From outside the state, call 1-800-962-1253.

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is staying on top of Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments. For news media requests, please email Scott Goldstein.

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