Do Vaccination Mandates Work in New Jersey?
Lobbying: Do Vaccination Mandates Work in New Jersey?
New Jersey has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country, with over 75% off all eligible people who live, work, or study here being fully vaccinated.
To some extent, this could be attributed to the strict vaccine mandates imposed by different levels of government.
Governor Phil Murphy has announced vaccination warrants for government officials, health care workers and teachers. Many health groups had already announced their own mandates.
As the deadline for teachers and healthcare workers to prove their immunization status draws in, it looks like the pressure is working.
Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest hospital network, reports a 28% increase in the vaccination rate of its 36,000 employees. HMH says 99% of all employees have now received at least one dose of the vaccine. That would leave around 360 employees who have not been vaccinated and could be made redundant.
HMH did not specify who the unvaccinated were or what jobs they held within the company.
The vaccination rate of teachers and school staff has also increased. Under the state ordinance, all school employees must prove their immunization status or be tested for COVID up to twice a week.
With 686 school districts in New Jersey, the exact number of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated is unclear. However, various media reports put the vaccination rate as high as 96% in some districts and as low as 88% in others.
A growing number of municipalities are imposing their own mandates, beyond what has been ordered by the Murphy administration. Newark has the strictest mandate, with no exemption for regular testing. The town hall did not specify how many city employees refused the vaccination.
Private industry data is less clear, however, large companies like United Airlines, Amazon and big box retailers have reported that large numbers of employees have opted for the vaccination. United has started firing workers for non-compliance.
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