Smokers Under 65 Qualify for COVID-19 Shots Before Teachers, NJ Gov Says

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  • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Wednesday defended the state's COVID-19 vaccine eligibility requirements, explaining that people with pre-existing health conditions, including smokers, should be given top priority
  • In an interview on "Squawk Box," Murphy said the state is focused on using its available vaccine doses in the first phase ofthe rollout on two groups of people: those who are needed to defeat the coronavirus, which are healthworkers, and those at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness or death
  • The high-risk group include those who are 65 and up, and those under 65 with a qualifying medical condition
  • The list of medical conditions that places one in the high-risk group was released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and includes cancer, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, and smoking
  • Murphy said using this yardstick, everybody else, including teachers and educators, would come after people who smoke have been inoculated