23 Aug 2021
The decree will require either proof of vaccination or regular testing for school employees
Today, Gov. Phil Murphy announced he will issue an executive order requiring New Jersey public employees, including school employees, to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or undergo regular testing for screening for COVID-19 in the next school year. It had previously issued a similar executive decree covering healthcare workers and certain other employees in collective care facilities. This new executive order extends this requirement to a much larger group of adults in New Jersey.
NJEA President Marie Blistan, Vice President and President-elect Sean M. Spiller, Secretary-Treasurer and Vice-President-elect Steve Beatty and Secretary-Treasurer-elect Petal Robertson made the statement:
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have called for following the advice of public health officials to ensure the safety of students and staff in our public schools. Governor Murphy has been a great partner in this effort to ensure that our students continue to learn and grow while remaining as protected as possible. Today’s executive order, which requires school employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo regular COVID-19 tests, is another example of Governor Murphy’s unwavering commitment to the health and safety of NJEA members and the students we serve.
“For months now, the NJEA has strongly supported and publicly promoted immunization for all eligible people. Last spring, we ran ads featuring our members talking about the importance of immunization. COVID-19 vaccines are the best tool we have to better protect our schools and communities against this pandemic and the terrible toll it continues to take. Public health experts agree on the importance of widespread vaccination. That is why we strongly agree that Governor Murphy’s Order in Council is appropriate and responsible under the current conditions.
“We will continue to urge all who are eligible and able to get vaccinated. Along with COVID-19 masking and other security measures, this is the best way to keep all of our communities safe and to get New Jersey through this pandemic. “