Workers in Health Care Facilities & High-Risk Congregate Settings Must Be Vaccinated or Tested in NJ

Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 252 requiring all workers in certain state and private health care facilities and high-risk congregate settings to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 7, 2021, or be subject to COVID-19 testing at minimum one to two times per week.


This Order provides a list of health care facilities and high-risk congregate settings. For example, acute, pediatric, inpatient rehabilitation, and psychiatric hospitals, including specialty hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers are on the list as are long-term care facilities. To review the entire list, please see the Order or Announcement included below.


For purposes of this Order, workers are defined as:

  • Full-time and part-time employees

  • Contractors

  • Other individuals working in the covered setting, including individuals providing operational, custodial, or administrative support

Workers are considered “fully vaccinated” for COVID-19 two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine. Individuals will only be considered fully vaccinated where they have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is currently authorized for emergency use by the FDA or the WHO, or that are approved for use by the same. Workers for whom vaccination status is unknown or who have not provided sufficient proof of document must be considered unvaccinated for purposes of this Order.


For further details, visit:

  • New Jersey Executive Order No. 252 (nj.gov)

  • New Jersey – Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Instituting Vaccination or Testing Requirement for Workers in Health Care Facilities and High-Risk Congregate Settings (nj.gov)