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How can children stay safe in school? Should children be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Last Updated: 08/19/2021

All children in New Jersey ages 12 and older can receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

To be protected for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, parents should get their children vaccinated as soon as possible. There is a 21-day gap between the first and second Pfizer doses.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing you from getting sick. They are the most important tool for ending the COVID-19 pandemic and getting back to what you love. The highly transmissible Delta variant poses an increased risk to children and there is an urgent need for everyone to get vaccinated.

12-to-17-year-olds must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to be vaccinated.

Masks Required in Schools

All students, educators, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face masks indoors for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, with limited exceptions. Read here for more information on safety requirements for schools.