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Where is vaccination or testing required by the State of New Jersey for workers in New Jersey?

Last Updated: 08/15/2022

Covered workers in health care facilities and high-risk congregate settings are currently required to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including the first booster dose for which they are eligible.

State requirements do not impact an employer's ability to impose more stringent vaccination or testing requirements on workers, including, for example, requiring all CDC-recommended booster doses, any requirement for more frequent testing, for testing of both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff, and for mandatory vaccinations without a testing alternative. Federal and local requirements may also apply based on the worker's setting.

As of August 15th, 2022, the State is no longer requiring that unvaccinated workers in school districts and child care settings undergo routine COVID-19 testing requirements.

As of September 1st, 2022, unvaccinated state employees and state contractors will no longer be required to undergo routine COVID-19 testing.

Health Care Facilities and High-Risk Congregate Settings

All workers in health care facilities and high-risk congregate settings are required to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including having received the first booster dose for which they are eligible.

  • Workers who become newly eligible for a booster shot will be required to submit proof of their booster shot within three weeks of becoming eligible
  • These settings must have established policies regarding up to date COVID-19 vaccination of new employees and volunteers

All full and part-time employees, contractors, and other individuals who work in covered facilities and settings, including individuals providing operational, custodial, or administrative support, are required to be up to date with their vaccination, including having received the first booster dose for which they are eligible. Those facilities and settings include:

  • Acute, pediatric, inpatient rehabilitation, and psychiatric hospitals, including specialty hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers
  • Long-term care facilities, including the state veterans homes
  • Intermediate care facilities, including the state developmental centers
  • Residential detox, short term and long term residential substance abuse disorder treatment facilities, including children's residential treatment centers
  • Clinic-based settings like ambulatory care, urgent care clinics, dialysis centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, family planning sites, and opioid treatment programs
  • Community-based healthcare settings including Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, and pediatric and adult medical day care programs
  • Licensed home health agencies and registered health care service firms operating within the State
  • State and county correctional facilities
  • Secure care facilities and residential community homes operated by the Juvenile Justice Commission
  • Licensed community residences for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Licensed community residences for adults with mental illness
  • Certified day programs for individuals with IDD and TBI; and
  • Group homes and psychiatric community homes licensed by DCF

Settings can impose more stringent vaccination or testing requirements on workers, including any requirement for more frequent testing.

Schools and Child Care Settings

As of August 15th, 2022, the State is no longer requiring that unvaccinated workers in school districts and child care settings undergo routine COVID-19 testing.

State and Federal Government

Until September 1st, 2022, all workers at state agencies, authorities, and public colleges and universities, are required to be fully vaccinated or submit to testing.

Until September 1st, 2022, all new state contracts, solicitations for a state contract, extensions or renewals of an existing state contract, and exercise of an option on an existing state contract to include a clause requiring workers employed through those contracts that enter, work at, or provide services in any state agency location to show they are fully vaccinated, or they will be required to undergo weekly testing.

Vaccination Details

For New Jersey's vaccine requirements for health care facilities and high-risk congregate settings, workers are considered "up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations" if they have received a primary series which consists of either a 2-dose series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine or a single dose COVID-19 vaccine, and the first booster dose for which they are eligible. It is recommended, but not required, that workers receive any additional booster doses for which they are eligible under CDC recommendations.

Workers can show proof of full vaccination by presenting: