Effective Aug. 15, New Jersey school districts and child care settings no longer need to maintain a policy that requires their unvaccinated workers undergo routine COVID-19 testing, per an executive order from Gov. Phil Murphy.

“Today’s executive order follows guidance from public health officials at the CDC regarding responsible steps states can take as we continue to adjust to the endemic reality of COVID-19,” Gov. Murphy said in a press release issued Aug. 15 by his office. “With children as young as six months old now eligible for vaccines and millions of New Jerseyans vaccinated and boosted, more of our residents are safe from severe illness due to COVID-19. As always, I encourage everyone to stay up to date on their vaccination and take other precautions as necessary to protect themselves and their loved ones from this virus.”

The executive order also ends regular COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated state workers, effective Sept. 1.

Read Executive Order No. 302 here.

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