New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) blamed Walgreens and the federal government for the Garden State’s sluggish vaccine rollout during a Wednesday evening interview on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”
“The big reason is the federal program with CVS and Walgreens,” Murphy said. “They basically amassed these doses, they schedule visits to long-term care nursing homes, extended living, and they’re punching under their weight, particularly Walgreens, and that’s where most of the yet to be used doses are.”
Murphy suggested to host Shepard Smith that Walgreens “put more bodies on the case” in order to solve the rollout problem.
On Tuesday, Murphy said that New Jersey was effectively equipped to dole out the vaccine, but that all the providers were missing “are the vaccine doses.” New Jersey has a population of approximately 8.882 million people, and has distributed 898,550 vaccines, while only administering 432,220 of them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Murphy pointed to the Covid vaccine doses under state control and said that they are getting into people’s arms more efficiently.
“You can’t find many doses in hospitals or other distribution points that we control directly, that are going unused,” Murphy said. “We’re