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Mendham Township Official News & Announcements.  

First Reported Case of Omicron Variant in New Jersey

Release Date: December 05, 2021
A Message from Mayor Sarah Neibart

Friday night, it was reported that the New Jersey Department of Health identified a case of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) in a traveler to the state of New Jersey who had recently traveled to South Africa.

Although there is still very much unknown about this new variant, the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated it a variant of concern. Studies are underway to evaluate the transmissibility, severity, and reinfection risk of the variant. Given the unique signature generated by this variant, PCR tests are able to identify the Omicron variant. 

To protect against this new variant, the WHO has recommended accelerating COVID-19 vaccination coverage as rapidly as possible, especially among populations designated as “high priority” who remain unvaccinated or are not fully vaccinated. 

Statewide, NJ is still registering more than 1,000 new confirmed cases a day, which is being largely fueled by the Delta variant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to provide updated information on both the Delta and Omicron variants. 

A recent study published in Science Magazine shows a decline in vaccine effectiveness over time, with vaccine efficacy among a large group of veterans dropping between 35% and 85%.

During the Governor’s briefing this past Monday, the NJ DOH Commissioner said that booster uptake will be vital in blunting the impact of this and any other new variant that may occur. Booster doses provide essential additional protection to those with waning immunity, particularly with the Delta variant still having a significant impact in NJ. 

The state is also actively working to increase vaccination among younger populations. Among children 5-11years old in NJ, 12% have been vaccinated. 27% of those between the ages of 5-17 have completed their primary vaccination series and 38% of 5-17-year-olds have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

There are almost 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine distribution locations across NJ. A complete list of NJ’s vaccination centers is available online at Feel free to reach out to the NJ Vaccination Call Center at (855) 568-0545 if you need assistance in finding or scheduling an appointment. 

Have a great week, and take care! 

Sarah Neibart

Mayor, Mendham Township