Executive Order Tightens COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Staff in High Risk Congregate Settings for People with I/DD and TBI

On January 19, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 283, requiring covered workers at health care facilities and high-risk congregate settings to be up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including having received a booster dose. This impacts many settings, including but not limited to: licensed community residences for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) (e.g., group homes and supervised apartments); certified day programs for individuals with I/DD and TBI; and Support Coordination Agencies. 

All covered workers employed in high risk congregate settings have until February 16, 2022 to obtain their first dose of the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccination and submit proof that they are up-to-date with their vaccination by March 30, 2022.  Additionally, covered workers currently submitting to COVID-19 testing pursuant to Executive Order No. 252 should continue to submit to testing once or twice weekly until they submit adequate proof that they are up-to-date with their vaccinations. 

Covered workers will no longer be permitted to submit to testing as an alternative to vaccination, except for circumstances where an exemption from vaccination is granted by their employer for a qualifying medical disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or sincerely held religious belief pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Covered workers granted an exemption must continue testing once or twice weekly as required by Executive Order No. 252, released in the Summer of 2021.

Please review Executive Order No. 283 for full detail.