New Jersey issues COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state healthcare and prison workers

New Jersey issues COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state healthcare and prison workers
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New Jersey announced a vaccine mandate for its front-line healthcare and prison workers that will go into effect next month.

Employees working in the Garden State's hospitals, assisted living centers, and correctional facilities have until Sept. 7 to get a COVID-19 vaccine. If they choose not to get inoculated, workers must get tested regularly for the coronavirus, possibly twice a week.

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"I want to make perfectly clear ... that if we do not see significant increases in vaccination rates among the employees in these settings, we are ready and willing to require all staff to be vaccinated as a condition of their employment," said Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat.

Murphy's announcement comes on the same day New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo mandated COVID-19 vaccine for state transportation workers. Last Wednesday, Cuomo announced healthcare workers at the state’s hospitals would also have to be vaccinated.

New Jersey ranks seventh nationally in percentage of the population fully vaccinated, at just over 58%. Cases of COVID-19 have increased in New Jersey over the last month, according to the New York Times. Cases have risen from a seven-day average of 218 on July 1 to 938 on Aug. 1, a likely result of the more infectious delta variant. Hospitalization also increased during July, from 332 at the beginning of the month to 466 at the end.

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On Thursday, President Joe Biden required all federal workers to be vaccinated or comply with rules for testing, social distancing, and mask-wearing. The Biden administration has also floated the idea of a national COVID-19 vaccine mandate, but Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, walked that back on Friday.

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Tags: Healthcare, Coronavirus, Phil Murphy, New Jersey, Vaccination, Prisons, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Rochelle Walensky, CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York, Andrew Cuomo

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