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NJ Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines For All State Workers, School Personnel, and Workers in Certain Health Care and High-Risk Settings

New Jersey Governor Murphy announced new COVID-19 vaccine requirements today for a large number of workers in the state. All individuals who work for the state of New Jersey and all individual employed at all Preschool through Grade 12 schools in the state must be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, or if they are not vaccinated, they must submit to COVID-19 testing at least once or twice a week (State and school Vaccine Mandate). This vaccine mandate follows a requirement that the New Jersey Governor recently announced for all individuals working in certain health care and high-congregate settings. 

The State and School Vaccine Mandate applies to the following workers.  School Employee requirement: All individuals (not solely teachers) working at all public, private and parochial schools Pre-K to Grade 12.   State Employee requirement: All individuals working in state government, including but not limited to those who work at state  agencies and public colleges and universities.

This vaccine mandate follows a requirement that the New Jersey Governor recently announced for all individuals (employees and contractors) working in certain health care and high-congregate settings, including those providing custodial, operational and administrative support. Such individuals must get fully vaccinated by September 7, 2021 or if they are not vaccinated, they must submit to COVID-19 testing at least once or twice a week.

The health care settings include long-term care facilities; intermediate care facilities; licensed home health agencies and registered health care service firms operating in the state; acute, pediatric, inpatient rehabilitation, and psychiatric hospitals, including specialty hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers; residential detox, short-term and long-term residential substance abuse disorder treatment facilities; clinic-based settings like ambulatory care, urgent care clinics, dialysis centers, federally qualified health care centers, family planning sites, and Opioid Treatment Programs; community-based  healthcare settings, including Program of All-Inclusive Care for the elderly, pediatric and adult medical day care programs.  The High-risk stings include state and county correctional facilities; secure care facilities operated by the Juvenile Justice Commission; licensed community residences and certified day programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury; and licensed community resident for adults with mental illness.