Governor Phil Murphy has declined to rule out the possibility of mandating Covid-19 vaccines for eligible school students, saying he does not believe that he needs to put such a mandate into place at this time, but that he’s keeping the option open.
“I don’t anticipate that we’re going to need that, in terms of mandating kids,” Murphy said. “It’s an option we leave on the table.”
Murphy’s comments were in response to a question from a journalist who asked the governor whether New Jersey would follow in the footsteps of California, which recently mandated Covid-19 vaccines for all eligible students – despite teachers not being mandated to take the shot.
As of now, only teachers in New Jersey are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19, but students are required to wear masks while indoors.