A crowd of teachers and parents rallied in Trenton to protest Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 vaccination order that requires all New Jersey state workers and school staffers to get the jab by Oct. 18 or face at least weekly testing. Opponents of masks and of the vaccination mandate vowed to oppose, both in person and at the ballot box, school-related mandates.
“If it costs me my job, then so be it. But at least I am not going to go out without a fight, I can tell you that much,” one protester said.
In Newark — where the school district superintendent earlier this month warned staff to expect a vaccination requirement — only about a third of school employees have reported getting COVID-19 shots, as many teachers plan to return to classrooms next week.