Workers engaged in contracts with the state of New Jersey must be fully vaccinated or otherwise undergo weekly testing according to an executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday.
“This executive order will bring state contractors in line with the requirements set for all direct state employees,” said the Democratic Governor. “Quite simply, we must ensure that everyone providing service to the people of New Jersey is being held to the same public health safety and standards.”
Murphy, speaking at his COVID-19 briefing, said this include workers that enter, work at or provide services in any state agency location.
Among the provisions stated in the executive order are that:
Each executive department and agency including independent authorities will to the extent permitted by law, ensure that contracts or agreements entered into by the executive department or agency include a clause that the contractor or any subcontractors, at any tier, that is party to the contract must maintain a policy that requires all covered workers to either provide adequate proof to the covered contractor that they have been fully vaccinated or submit to COVID-19 testing at minimum one to two times weekly.
Today, I’m signing an EO to bring new contracted workers in line with the vaccine and testing requirements set for all direct state employees.
We must ensure that everyone providing service to the people of New Jersey is being held to the same public health and safety standards. pic.twitter.com/ejpuSyHvzW
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) October 20, 2021
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The order will apply to any new contract, new solicitation for a contract, extension or renewal of an existing contract, and exercise of an option on an existing contract, if it is a contract for services, construction, including demolition, remediation, removal of hazardous substances, alteration, custom fabrication, repair work or maintenance work, or a leasehold interest in real property through which covered workers have access to state property, and the cost or contract price thereof is to be paid, in whole or in part, with or out of executive department or agency funds.
Workers fully vaccinated
Covered workers must provide proof of vaccination, which includes:
- The CDC COVID-19 vaccination card issued to the vaccine recipient by the vaccination site, or an electronic or physical copy of the same.
- Official record from the New Jersey Immunization Information System or other state immunization registry.
- A record from a health care provider’s portal signed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, registered nurse or pharmacist.
- A military immunization or health record from the U.S. Armed Forces or Docket mobile phone application record or any state-specific application that produces a digital health record.