NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- New Jersey hit its goal of fully vaccinating 4.7 million people by the end of the month, and they did it nearly two weeks early.
Governor Phil Murphy said that 4.7 million people represent 70% of the state's adult population.
"We stand right now depending on the metrics, as the number 5 or number 4 state in America in terms of vaccinations of our populations; we are by a significant amount the largest state. So there's Connecticut, Vermont, Hawaii, Massachusetts. Only Massachusetts comes close in terms of population. It's about two-thirds the size of New Jersey," Governor Murphy said.
The governor held an event at Rutgers Medical School at University Hospital to celebrate the accomplishment on Friday.
"While we are celebrating this remarkable achievement, our work is not yet finished, and we must continue working together to vaccinate all eligible individuals to end the COVID-19 pandemic," Murphy said.
"The woman who needs no introduction," as Governor Murphy calls her, Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, will soon have a building bearing her name.
The newly constructed state Department of Health building in Trenton will be formally called The Judith M. Persichilli Department of Health building.
Governor Murphy made the announcement as he announced that 4,748,031 people who live, work, or study in the state are now considered fully vaccinated.
Meantime, MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford will open at full capacity this NFL season, the New York Giants announced Thursday.
They will not require face coverings, proof of vaccination, or proof of negative COVID test.
In addition, the stadium will operate cash-free at all concession stands and retail stores. Tailgating will also be permitted.
Also going without masks, New Jersey Transit passengers are no longer required to wear them while waiting on outdoor train and bus platforms.
The new decision aligns with the recent guidance from the CDC that being outdoors is safe.
NJ Transit is believed to be the first transit system in the region to undertake the relaxed mask policy.
Face coverings must still be worn by passengers riding on the system's trains and buses.
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