Vaccine/testing mandate announced for pre-K-12 school personnel in NJ

Vaccine/testing mandate announced for pre-K-12 school personnel in NJ

WILL WORK TO PROTECT MEMBERS’ RIGHTS AND INTERESTS AT THE BARGAINING TABLE. >>> A SLIGHTLY MORE RELAXED VERSION OF THE SAME RULE IS GOING INTO EFFECT. MID OCTOBER ALL K THROUGH 12 TEACHERS IN THE STATE WILL HAVE TO BE VACCINATED. UNLIKE NEW YORK CITY THERE WILL BE A TESTING OPTION FOR EMPLOYEES WHO OPT OUT. SANDRA BOOKMAN IS LIVE. >> Reporter: LIZ, GOVERNOR MURPHY’S ANNOUNCEMENT WAS NOT UNEXPECTED. THE EDUCATORS WE TALKED WITH SAY IT LAYS THE GROUNDWORK FOR GETTING EVERYBODY BACK INTO THE CLASSROOM THIS FALL SAFELY. AS YOU POINTED OUT, THE GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER MANDATES SCHOOL PERSONNEL FULL AND PART TIMERS, PRE-K THROUGH 12, GET VACCINATED BY OCTOBER 18 OR HAVE TO AGREE TO SUBMIT TO WEEKLY TESTING ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK. IT’S WHAT THE GOVERNOR IS CALLING PART OF A LAYERED APPROACH TO ADDRESSING COVID VACCINE SAFETY, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SCHOOLS. IT’S AN APPROACH THAT THE TEACHERS’ UNION IN NEWARK SAYS IT FULLY SUPPORTS. >> WE KNOW STRONG MASKING AND VACCINATION PROTOCOLS IN TANDEM WITH OTHER SAFETY MEASURES ARE OUR BEST CONSOLIDATED TOOL FOR KEEPING SCHOOLS OPEN FOR FULL TIME IN PERSON INSTRUCTION AND EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITIES SAFE. >> THE GOVERNOR IS DOING THE RIGHT THING, MAKING THE LAST PUSH TO THE FEW THAT WERE HESITANT SAYING “I WILL WAIT FOR FDA APPROVAL.” I AM NOT DOING IT UNTIL I HAVE MANDATED. AS OF TODAY, YOU WILL BE MANDATED. GET THAT SHOT IN THAT ARM. >> Reporter: TO THAT END, THE TEACHERS’ UNION WORKING WITH NEWARK ON A PROGRAM CALLED TEENS FOR VACCINES. IT’S AN EFFORT TO GET MORE TEENAGERS 12 TO 17 VACCINATED BEFORE THE SCHOOL YEAR STARTS. RIGHT NOW THAT PERCENTAGE IN THE AGE GROUP STANDS AT ABOUT 38% IN NEWARK. LIVE IN DOWNTOWN NEWARK, DETAILS OF HOW THAT TESTING WILL BE DONE IN INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE GOVERNOR SAID TODAY THEY ARE STIL
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Vaccine/testing mandate announced for pre-K-12 school personnel in NJ

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