Gov. Murphy mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers, some others

Weekly testing for employees who don’t comply

Gov. Phil Murphy mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for thousands of workers across New Jersey, most of them affiliated with health care facilities and so-called congregate residences like assisted living facilities and county jails. The state mandate — which has a Sept. 7 deadline — lets staff opt for at least weekly testing instead.

Similar mandates could soon follow for New Jersey state workers if the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to rampage. One facility — Newark’s University Hospital — already imposed an even stricter COVID-19 vaccination mandate for its staff last month. CEO Dr. Shereef Elnahal reports the hospital’s employee vaccination totals soared from 55% to 95%. “Mandates work,” Elnahal said.

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