Vaccine mandate for school employees takes effect Monday

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MANASQUAN — With an Oct. 18 deadline for compliance with the state’s school personnel vaccine mandate looming, Manasquan School District’s assistant superintendent, Jesse Place, provided an update last week on the district’s plans for implementation of the requirement.

As of last Tuesday, Mr. Place said, 90 percent of the district’s staff members were already fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 253 in August, mandating that all preschool to 12th grade staffers be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Oct. 18 or submit to testing one to two times per week.

Citing the transmission of the delta variant, as well as school children 12 years of age and younger not being eligible for vaccination, Gov. Murphy said the requirement will strengthen protections against COVID-19.

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“Scientific data shows that vaccination and testing requirements, coupled with strong masking policies, are the best tools for keeping our schools and communities safe for in-person activities,” the governor said at the time.

During a Manasquan school board meeting last Tuesday night, Mr. Place said that the district currently has 254 contracted staff members who are full time and part time employees. Of the 254 staff members, he said 90 percent, or 228 employees, are fully vaccinated, 23 employees are not vaccinated and three employees are partially vaccinated.

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