Trenton, NJ – Workers at child care centers in New Jersey should be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo routine weekly testing, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.
Murphy, a Democrat running for re-election this year, said he was signing an executive order on Monday.
Under the order workers in child care facilities must be fully vaccinated, or have regular COVID-19 tests, by November 1. This means that the second dose should be received by October 17.
Murphy said masking policies in daycare centers should also be followed in state schools, where masks are required.
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According to Murphy’s spokeswoman Alexandra Altman, the mask order at daycare will not apply to children under the age of 2.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masks for people 2 and older. It states that children under the age of 2 should not wear masks.
“We appreciate that it can be difficult to keep very young children in a mask for most of the day, but we are looking into these settings to ensure the safe environment for children as possible,” Murphy said.
The masking order takes effect from Friday.
New Jersey also mandated in August that teachers and state workers get vaccinated or get regular tests.