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State Sen. Declan O'Scanlon (R-Little Silver). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

O’Scanlon joins in criticism of long-term care vaccine delay

By Nikita Biryukov, December 22 2020 10:03 am

State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) joined other Republicans in attacks over a deadline missed by state health officials that delayed the start of vaccine deliveries to long-term care center residents until next Dec. 28 Tuesday.

“When we think of the term ‘deadline’ it seldom occurs to us to take the term literally. Here, avoidable death may well be the result of this delay,” he said.

New Jersey’s health officials missed the Dec. 7 deadline to input data on all of the state’s long-term care facilities by a day, delaying the start date for vaccinations in those settings from Dec. 21 to Dec. 28.

The delay led Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Steinhardt to call for Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli’s resignation.

“That New Jersey apparently had the opportunity to receive approval to commence yesterday, and blew that opportunity, is outrageous,” O’Scanlon said. “There must be a full investigation and those responsible must be held accountable. If the administration won’t do it, the legislature must.”

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