N.J. prisons get so-so grade on pandemic response — but still the best in the U.S.

BY: - September 1, 2021

A civil rights group that graded prisons nationwide on how they handled the COVID-19 pandemic gave New Jersey a ‘C’ — and blasted the response of correctional facilities around the country as “a shameful failure.” New Jersey’s mediocre grade was the best in a bad showing by all states, which are “failing on even the […]

New Jersey moves to boost naloxone availability

BY: - September 1, 2021

New Jersey moved to expand the use of naloxone Tuesday by allowing pharmacists to dispense the opioid overdose antidote without a prescription and broadening the number of situations where the countermeasure can be used, moves that come amid a rising trend of overdoses. Activists have long sought to increase the availability of naloxone, which is […]

New Jersey could start administering vaccine boosters in September

BY: - August 31, 2021

New Jersey could begin administering booster shots of the two-dose Pfizer and Modern COVID-19 vaccines on Sept. 20, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. The booster push will see New Jersey re-open its vaccine megasites, which closed in June and July as health officials turned more of their attention to localized vaccination efforts. How many individuals […]

Calls grow for vaccine mandate in child care centers

BY: - August 27, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy’s new executive order requiring the state’s teachers be vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 tests has a blind spot. The mandate imposed by Monday’s order extends to public and private preschools associated with a school board, but it does not cover licensed child care centers that don’t share such affiliations. Advocates said that […]

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 […]