New Jersey Lifting Routine COVID-19 Testing Requirements For School Districts
Governor Phil Murphy today (Monday, August 15) signed an executive order immediately lifting the requirement that school districts and child care settings maintain a policy requiring their unvaccinated workers to undergo routine testing.
The announcement follows the recent updates to COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ahead of the 2022-2023 school year.
The change will also apply to state contractors as of September 1, 2022. Nothing in today’s order signed by Governor Murphy prevents these settings from maintaining a vaccination or testing policy as they see fit going forward.
“Today’s executive order follows guidance from public health officials at the CDC regarding responsible steps states can take as we continue to adjust to the endemic reality of COVID-19,” said Governor Murphy in a press release. “With children as young as 6 months old now eligible for vaccines and millions of New Jerseyans vaccinated and boosted, more of our residents are safe from severe illness 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 their loved ones from this virus.”
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We're continuing to follow the latest guidance from @CDC as we adjust to the endemic reality of COVID-19. With millions of New Jerseyans now vaccinated and boosted, we're lifting routine testing requirements for:— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) August 15, 2022
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