NJ Expected to Mandate Vaccines for Teachers

NEW YORK -
In this May 6, 2021, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during a news conference in Hoboken, N.J.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New Jersey is expected to require vaccine mandates for teachers, NJ.com reported. If so, New Jersey would be the third state after Washington and California to make this a requirement.

Governor Phil Murphy, who is currently on a family vacation, had previously demurred when asked if the state would require vaccines, instead suggesting frequent testing for those nonvaccinated.

New Jersey Education Association spokesman Steve Baker said the state’s teachers union would back the mandate so long as there was a testing option.

Masks are already mandates for students in teachers in public and private schools in New Jersey.

Earlier this month, Murphy mandated vaccines or regular testing for employees that work in high-risk settings such as state and private health centers, nursing homes, and state correctional facilities.

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