As New York City moves to require COVID-19 vaccination passports for both staff and customers for indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues, in New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy remains on the fence. Murphy has said he is “open-minded” on mandating vaccination proof. The idea of enforcing such a mandate alarms New Jersey businesses.
“If you put in another burden like that, you’re inviting more people to step away and have a reason why they can’t come and work for you,” said New Jersey Business & Industry Association CEO Michele Siekerka. She says many companies are still struggling to hire enough staff. Meanwhile, hospitals and other health care centers — including long-term care facilities — prepared to adopt Murphy’s new vaccination and testing mandate for their employees. In fact, some have already enacted their own vaccination mandates.