NJ ends COVID-19 testing requirement for unvaccinated workers in school districts, child care settings, and state contractors

TRENTON, NJ (WPVI) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday signed an executive order removing the requirement that unvaccinated workers in school districts and childcare facilities and government contractors undergo routine COVID-19 testing.

The change applies immediately to school districts and childcare facilities, and to government contractors beginning Sept. 1, he said.

The end of the testing mandate comes ahead of the upcoming school year following recent updates to the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.

“Today’s executive order follows guidance from CDC public health officials regarding responsible steps states can take as we continue to adapt to the endemic reality of COVID-19,” Murphy said. “With children as young as 6 months old now eligible for immunizations and millions of New Jerseyers vaccinated and boosted, more of our residents are safe from serious illnesses due to COVID-19. As always, I encourage everyone to stay up to date on their vaccination and take other precautions as necessary to protect themselves and loved ones from this virus.”

From June 17, 2022, anyone aged 6 months and over is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

As of Monday, more than 18.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given in New Jersey, with more than 1.9 million doses given to children under the age of 18.

The executive order repeals the testing requirements established by previous executive orders for school districts, child care facilities, and government contractors.

Nothing in the new executive order prevents these facilities from maintaining a vaccination or testing policy at their discretion in the future.

Schools and childcare facilities must continue to report immunization and testing data to the Department of Health so the state can continue to monitor COVID-19 and make data-driven decisions to keep residents safe.

Covered community, healthcare and correctional workers must remain up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, including the first booster dose, per previous executive orders.

Also, regardless of the new executive order, the New Jersey state employee testing program will end on September 1.

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