CareOne — the state’s largest private nursing home operator — is now mandating COVID-19 vaccines for all staff. This includes workers at about 30 facilities in New Jersey. It joins a number of hospital systems in the state, including the two largest — RWJBarnabas Health, an underwriter of NJ Spotlight News, and Hackensack Meridian Health — which have mandated that all staff get vaccinated against COVID-19 or face termination.
One of the strictest mandates is from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; it mandates a vaccine within eight weeks or employees risk losing their jobs. So far, Gov. Phil Murphy is not saying if he will require the same from New Jersey’s Veterans Affairs workers. President Biden is reportedly considering a less rigid vaccine mandate for all civilian federal workers — either to get vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. If announced, that mandate would include more than 20,000 federal workers in New Jersey.