These new vaccine mandates come just as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has received the agency's full approval. (Related: Pfizer vaccine destroys T cells, weakens the immune system – study.)
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy informed reporters on Monday that he would be signing an executive order passing the vaccine mandate soon. The order will require all school personnel from pre-K thru 12th grade to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18.
The mandate applies to all full-time and part-time employees of public, private and parochial schools. An opt-out option is available to those willing to get tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
"We know that strong masking and vaccination protocols, in tandem with other safety measures are our best consolidated tool for keeping our schools open for full-time in-person instruction, and our educational communities safe," claimed Murphy.
Murphy also announced an upcoming vaccine mandate for all state employees, including those that work for state agencies, the state police, public colleges and universities. The mandate will apply regardless of whether the employee works full-time, part-time or as a contract worker.
New Jersey already requires vaccines for employees of several institutions. These include hospitals, long-term care facilities, other state and private healthcare facilities, prisons and other supposedly high-risk congregate settings. The option to opt out of the mandate is also available for those willing to be subjected to repeated COVD-19 testing.
The New Jersey Education Association, the main union representing school employees in New Jersey, has come out in support of the policy. Union leaders said on Monday that the vaccine mandate "is appropriate and responsible under current conditions."
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced similar vaccine mandates for the United States' largest city on Monday. All New York City public school teachers and other staffers have to get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines by Sept. 27.
Previous statements from De Blasio and other city officials indicated that public school employees would be given the option to get tested for COVID-19 weekly. The mayor's new policy does not provide an opt-out option. This vaccine mandate covers around 148,000 public school employees and contractors. Around 63 percent of them are already fully vaccinated.
This follows De Blasio's previous announcement on Friday that coaches and student-athletes in football, basketball and other so-called "high risk" sports have to get vaccinated before they can play.
Unlike in New Jersey, New York City's unions that represent public school employees bristled at the new requirement. They argue that the city needs to negotiate with public school workers, rather than dictate what should be injected into their bodies.
District Council 37, which represents public employees in New York City, said it would file an unfair labor practices complaint with the state Public Employment Relations Board. The Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella organization of multiple unions that represent around 350,000 city employees, voted Monday to pursue legal action against De Blasio and the city government.
Municipal Labor Committee Chairman Harry Nespoli said he wants to get the organization to sit down with city authorities to negotiate a better deal for city workers.
"We're concerned about the people in New York, too. We don't want to see people get sick," he said. "But there has to be an alternative if that person doesn't want to take that jab."
Similar vaccination requirements have been passed by Democratic governors, mayors and Democratic-majority city and state legislatures in Washington, Oregon, Connecticut and California.
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