New Jersey abortion access bill remains in limbo

BY: - August 25, 2021

A bill to expand abortion access in New Jersey, once hailed by Democrats as proof of their commitment to reproductive freedom amid a threat to abortion rights nationwide, remains stalled and faces an uncertain future. The Reproductive Freedom Act, S3030, would codify and expand abortion access and pregnancy-related care, while funding state programs for pregnant […]

Midwives ask state to end physician oversight as home births rise

BY: - August 24, 2021

Jillian Bostock gave birth to both of her babies at home with the help of a midwife, dodging the constant cervical checks, needle jabs, and beeping machinery that come with a hospital birth. “Hospitals are full of interventions. At home, I don’t have to fight for bodily autonomy,” said Bostock, of Wall Township. She wants […]

FDA grants full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot, now known as ‘Comirnaty’

BY: - August 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has its first fully approved vaccine against COVID-19, with federal health officials announcing Monday the approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose vaccine. The green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to move Pfizer’s vaccine from emergency use to full approval is a milestone in the national pandemic response, and one that comes as […]

School employees must vaccinate by Oct. 18 or submit to weekly tests

BY: - August 23, 2021

School faculty and staff workers must complete a vaccine regiment by Oct. 18 or submit to between one and two COVID-19 tests each week, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. The new mandate, which will also apply to state workers, may be the most expansive New Jersey has yet seen. Some workers in health care, corrections, […]

Most voters support school mask, vaccine mandates, poll finds

BY: - August 23, 2021

New Jersey voters support requiring masking in schools, and just over half support mandating children over the age of 12 take the vaccine to attend in-person classes, a Monmouth University poll released Monday found. Two-thirds of respondents, 67%, told pollsters they backed the schools mask mandate Gov. Phil Murphy announced in early August. Under those […]

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As virus cases rise, vaccinations creep upward

BY: - August 20, 2021

More New Jerseyans are getting vaccinated as the Delta variant drives up New Jersey’s virus case counts. More than 156,000 residents started their vaccine regiment in the first 15 days of August, 43% more than did so during the same period in July. That month, new vaccinations fell to their lowest levels since COVID-19 immunizations […]

Hunger crisis may loom as emergency food assistance ends

BY: - August 20, 2021

As pandemic protections like eviction and foreclosure moratoriums near their end, pundits and policymakers have warned about the expected impact on homelessness. But advocates for New Jersey’s poorest residents warn that federal emergency food assistance provided during the pandemic will go away soon too, and a recent bump in food stamp benefits won’t help enough […]

116-year-old court ruling is challenge for Rutgers vaccine lawsuit

BY: - August 19, 2021

A lawsuit seeking to overturn Rutgers University’s vaccine mandate faces grim odds and court precedent that dates back more than a century. The federal complaint alleges the school’s mandate violates protections against unwanted medical treatment provided by the 14th Amendment and other constitutional rights. The plaintiffs are Children’s Health Defense, a nonprofit headed by anti-vaccine […]

Murphy: Decision on school vaccine mandate to come before end of August

BY: - August 10, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy expects to issue guidance on immunization requirements in schools before the end of August, he said at a press briefing Monday. “My guess is in the next two or three weeks, we’ll have something that we’ll be able to put out there,” Murphy said, adding his administration is working on the issue. […]

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N.J. courts announce vaccine mandate

BY: - August 6, 2021

New Jersey Courts are enacting their own vaccine mandate. The judiciary will require all staff and judges presiding over state courts provide proof of their immunization or submit to weekly virus testing, acting Administrative Director of the Courts Judge Glenn Grant said. The announcement comes only days after the courts fully re-opened to the public […]

Business groups opposed to vaccine passports — but resistance is softening

BY: - August 4, 2021

New Jersey’s business leaders aren’t prepared to embrace vaccine mandate and passport policies similar to those announced in New York City Tuesday. New York City is preparing to implement a broad mandate that will require customers and workers at indoor restaurants, gyms, and performance venues to show proof of receiving at least one vaccine dose […]

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Murphy orders health care, corrections staff to get vaccinated or tested

BY: - August 3, 2021

All workers in New Jersey’s state and private health care facilities and “high-risk congregate settings” must get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 7,  or undergo testing once to twice a week, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. Murphy attributed the change to the spread of the Delta variant and its widespread impacts. “Almost every day, […]