NJ COVID-19 Updates: School and State Employee Vaccine Mandate to Take Effect October 18

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Updated COVID-19 Information

State of New Jersey

NJ COVID-19 Updates and More

Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, mask requirements, or how to get a COVID-19 test? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our COVID-19 Information Hub.

School Personnel and State Employees Required to be Fully Vaccinated by October 18th or Begin Regular Testing


Governor Murphy announced that all workers in preschool and schools up through Grade 12, as well as certain State employees, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18th, 2021 or be subject to COVID-19 testing at a minimum of one to two times per week. This requirement applies to all part-time and full-time individuals employed by any public, private, and parochial preschool programs and elementary and secondary schools, including charter and renaissance schools, as well as all state workers at state agencies, authorities, and state colleges and universities.

As of September 7th, 2021, all workers in certain health care and high-risk congregate settings, including correctional facilities, must be fully vaccinated or be subject to regular testing.

In addition, the federal government has announced plans to require vaccination for workers in most health care settings, federal executive branch employees, and all federal contractors. They have also announced plans to require vaccination or testing for all workers at businesses with 100 or more employees.

Vaccine Requirements

Remember: You Are Not Alone

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We’ve all endured a lot since the start of this pandemic. During Suicide Prevention Month, remember: you are not alone.

The NJ MentalHealthCares Help Line offers counseling, emotional support, information, and assistance in helping to get behavioral health services needed by you or a loved one. Call 866-202-HELP (4357) or text “NJHOPE” to 51684.

Those who may be having suicidal thoughts can call the NJ Hopeline at 1-855-654-6735.

A free emotional support video helpline has been created to help deaf and hard of hearing New Jerseyans feeling the strain from the public health crisis. The helpline can be reached at 973-870-0677.

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Rental Assistance and Eviction Protections

Rental Assistance

New Jersey’s Eviction Prevention Program will pay up to two years of rent arrears and future rent, as well as utility assistance, for low-, moderate-, and middle-income households that have experienced an economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Eviction Prevention Program uses the same application process as the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which began in March 2021 and is still accepting applications. Landlords may apply for assistance on behalf of a tenant. Visit https://njdca.onlinepha.com/ to get started. 

In addition to the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program and Eviction Prevention Program, the State introduced critical eviction protections for renter households that have experienced economic hardships during the pandemic. To find out more about current eviction protections available and how to self-certify for these protections, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/renter.

Application Portal

Download Docket to Access Vaccination Records on Your Phone

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Docket is an app from the NJ Department of Health that makes it easier for you and your family to securely access your COVID-19 vaccination record.

If you don't have your vaccination card with you or have lost it, you can easily access your record through the app to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as needed.

The Docket app is now available in the App store or on Google Play.

Docket App

Find Vaccine and Testing Locations Near You


Everyone 12 or older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine for free. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing you from getting sick.

Testing is available to everyone in New Jersey. It is quick and easy. You don’t need insurance and free testing is available.

 Vaccine Appointment Finder

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