Aug. 24, 2021


All New Jersey state workers will be required to be vaccinated for the coronavirus or undergo regular testing, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday.

The governor made the announcement the same day he said teachers and school employees must be vaccinated or get tested regularly. The deadline for the mandate to go into effect is Oct. 18.

It affects all state workers, Murphy said, including “those at all state agencies, authorities, and public colleges and universities — whether they be full- or part-time, or contract employees.”

People who opt out of getting vaccinated will be tested once to twice weekly “at minimum,” the governor said.

New Jersey already requires all workers in hospitals, long-term care centers, prisons, and a number of other state and private health-care facilities and high-risk congregate settings to be fully vaccinated or be subject to repeated testing.

Those places have until Sept. 7 to comply with the program, Murphy said when he announced the mandate earlier in the month.

New Jersey on Monday reported another 1,443 confirmed COVID-19 cases and three more confirmed deaths, as Gov. Phil Murphy is expected to announce New Jersey will require teachers to be vaccinated for the coronavirus.

The Garden State’s seven-day average for newly confirmed positive tests is 1,628. It’s 8.6% more than a week ago and 180% higher than this time last month.

The delta variant accounted for 96% of cases in New Jersey based on a sampling of positive tests over the last two weeks of July, according to state data.

All of New Jersey’s 21 counties are now listed as having “high” rates of coronavirus transmission, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC is recommending people in all 21 counties wear masks for indoor public settings regarding of vaccination rates.

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