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Governor Murphy Caves to Teachers Union on School Personnel Vaccine Mandate

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Trenton NJ, in what can only be perceived as caving in to pressure from the NJEA (NJ teachers Union ) Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 253, requiring all preschool to Grade 12 school personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021 or be subject to COVID-19 testing at minimum one to two times per week. This requirement will strengthen protections against the spread of COVID-19, including the highly transmissible Delta variant, to children in school settings, many of whom are under 12 years old and not yet eligible for vaccination.


Jack Ciattarelli, the Republican nominee for New Jersey Governor, released the following statement upon Governor Murphy’s hypocritical announcement that teachers will have a choice between vaccination and regular testing:
“Governor Murphy’s announcement today is both hypocritical, and evidence that powerful Trenton special interests get to play by one set of rules, while the rest of us are forced to play by another set. Specifically, why is Governor Murphy willing to find common ground on a flexible vaccinate or test policy with the teacher’s union, but not willing to do the same with parents who oppose his mask mandate for K-12 students? The answer, of course, is simple: average parents don’t run a powerful union that funneled $10 million in dark money to benefit the Governor’s campaign. The NJEA did, so they get to cut a deal. Parents did not, so they are told what to do without any recourse.”

Governor Murphy also announced that all State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021 or be subject to COVID-19 testing at minimum one to two times per week. State employees in certain healthcare and correctional facilities are already subject to the vaccination or testing requirement under previously issued Executive Order No. 252. Today’s announcement extends the scope to all workers of state agencies, authorities, and colleges and universities. The State will work with impacted agencies and authorities, as well as union partners, over the coming weeks to implement this requirement.

For purposes of Executive Order No. 253, preschool to Grade 12 settings include:

All public, private, and parochial preschool programs, elementary, and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools.

For purposes of Executive Order No. 253, workers are defined as:

All individuals employed by a preschool to Grade 12 setting as defined above, both full- and part-time, including, but not limited to, administrators, teachers, educational support professionals, individuals providing food, custodial, and administrative support services;
Substitute teachers, whether employed directly by a preschool to Grade 12 setting or otherwise contracted; and,Contractors, providers, and any other individuals performing work in preschool to Grade 12 settings whose job duties require them to make regular visits to such covered settings, including volunteers.

Covered workers do not include individuals who visit the covered setting only to provide one-time or limited-duration repairs, services, or construction.

All preschool to Grade 12 settings will have until October 18, 2021 to come into full compliance with the vaccine or testing requirement. At that time, if a worker has not submitted proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the worker will be required to submit to a minimum once to twice weekly testing. Regardless of whether the setting is providing workers with on-site access to testing or requiring workers to submit proof of a COVID-19 test, both antigen and molecular tests will be acceptable to fulfill the requirements of the Order.

Workers are considered “fully vaccinated” for COVID-19 two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine. Individuals will only be considered fully vaccinated when they have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is currently authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization, or that are approved for use by the same. Workers for whom vaccination status is unknown or who have not provided sufficient proof of document, must be considered unvaccinated for purposes of this Order.

This Order will not impact a school’s ability to impose more stringent vaccination or testing requirements on workers, including any requirement for more frequent testing, for testing of both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff, and for mandatory vaccinations without a testing alternative.
Public, private, and parochial preschool programs, elementary, and secondary school settings have access to multiple sources of funding to address costs associated with worker vaccination efforts and diagnostic testing, including three rounds of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds and Emergency Assistance for Nonpublic Schools (EANS) within the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds. The State will continue to work closely with these pre-K to 12 settings to successfully implement the requirements of the Order.

20 thoughts on “Governor Murphy Caves to Teachers Union on School Personnel Vaccine Mandate

  1. CAVE???

    Oh, no. He wants their endorsement.

    Quick tip: Never vote for anybody the teachers union endorses.

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  2. Give the parents the same options and then listen to them complain about the cost and inconvenience of getting their kid tested so often.

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  3. It’s not a cave-in. It’s called negotiations. The concern right now is they want everyone to get two doses, and then the booster a month later, The problem is what’s next.

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  4. How was Italy, Phil?

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  5. Teachers had preference for the vaccine way back this year. Why does it take until October 18 to get in compliance?

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  6. Why doesn’t they make those people who won’t get vaccinated pay for their own tests? I bet they’ll get vaccinated real quick.

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  7. Should be a personal choice! We r heading for a communist country!! My body my choice! Shove that vaccine

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  8. What a dumb minimum requirement on testing: “the worker will be required to submit to a minimum once to twice weekly testing”. Is it once or twice?

    If you’re going to force my child to be masked eight hours a day and ruin their ability to understand facial expressions, then force the teachers to get the shot they demanded they be placed at the front of the line for.

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  9. Another “not from here” power hungry Goldman Sachs idiot just like the other one we got rid of……….

    Oh, OK, the other one had better teeth……..

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  10. Way too much bullshit going on. My kid cannot wear the mask in hours a day, and the story. Health reasons many people cannot. You’re reducing the amount of airflow especially when it’s hot and humid, people who have asthma, COPD, on the line health problems, And someone.

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  11. You cannot call it a vaccine mandate when you actually do not have to get the vaccine. The testing requirement is vague and does not work. If people wanted to get vaccinated by now they would have. The BS religious exemption applications should be starting momentarily.

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  12. Close public schools and reduce property taxes by 65%. I’ll figure out how to educate my children.

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  13. “I’ll figure out how to educate my children.”

    WHAT?? And do away with the systemic racism which is promoted by the teachers unions?

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  14. My kids staying home we’re doing it remotely.

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  15. By October it will be too late. Covid will spread before that and it will be back to remote learning. He waited too long before implementing. It should be in place before school begins

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  16. How about these refugees from Afghanistan that papa Murphy is welcoming into our State on his own which if Biden wasn’t a complete waste of our air to breathe in didn’t didn’t pull the biggest F-up in American History we wouldn’t need to do so. Are they gonna go thru a Quarantine process and be made to receive the Vacination immediately or what. Funny we don’t here anything about that!!

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  17. Are we communists? Children do not have a high instance of getting the virus or dying. They can’t learn masked all day. Have you even looked at statistics on increasing depression and suicide rate is up amongst the young. What about all the people who have had Covid natural immunity is better than any vaccine. Where are those numbers. The numbers are not accurate wake up people. Your body your choice. Also look at FDA approvals they gave us artificial sweeteners, canola instead of coconut artificial colors and the list goes on most all carcinogenic. Research your facts

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  18. Not understanding how the children have to wear mask in school but yet they eat in the cafeteria with no mask sitting side by side for 20 minutes
    Something wrong with this picture

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  19. What is more scary than the stupid caving in to the teacher union is the fact that Murphy will continue to get elected. Look at the tax situation or the illegal people that enter NJ from the southern border of the USA or the money that is spent on this group that came here because everything they want is free to them or the crime in the in NJ or the crazy cost of living or where does all the gas tax money go. Too bad voters do not need to take a intelligence test to vote or show what they contribute to the betterment of NJ in order to have a say in how we spend hundreds of millions each year. Please remember that nothing is free and in the end you pay for everything one way or another.

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  20. What about the side effects from these vaccines that FDA approval was so quick to approve so governments request. We the people who didn’t want the vaccine because it wasn’t approved. Then within days we have an approval. Never mind how quickly they made the vaccine. When all of the people crossing our borders is there someone there sticking them with the vaccine and hand them all masks.

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