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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy ordered on Wednesday that all new state contracts include language requiring workers to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or undergo routine testing.


Murphy, a Democrat re-elected this year, said the order would be tentative and would only affect new contracts, extensions or renewals.

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He said he could not specify how many state contractors would be affected, but estimated it would be in the “hundreds or thousands”.

“We must make sure that everyone who serves the people of New Jersey—whether direct or contract workers—is being held to the same public health and safety standards,” Murphy said.

The order reflects other executive orders Murphy signed required shots or tests for state employees and school employees.

The requirement comes just days after a deadline for school and state workers to be vaccinated or undergo a coronavirus test, but Murphy said he didn’t have details about how many people chose which option.