The information in this Q&A is based on the information made publicly available by the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at the time of publishing, January 14, 2021. Revised February 17, 2021, March 4, 2021, and March 19, 2021.
Who is eligible to receive the vaccine in New Jersey?
(Updated) When will education employees be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
Are school nurses eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine with other health care workers?
Am I included in a higher priority phase based on my age and/or my health condition that puts me at high risk for serious illness if I contract COVID-19?
Will I need to provide proof that I am eligible to be included in a certain phase?
(Updated) Will students be able to receive the vaccine?
How do the vaccination phases work? Can I still get the vaccine even if they have moved onto the next phase?
(Updated) What do I have to do to get the vaccine?
Where can I receive the vaccine?
Will vaccinations be available at worksites?
How much does the vaccine cost?
Will I still have to wear a face covering, abide by social distancing, and follow other safety measures after I am vaccinated?
Where can I find out more information about the safety of the vaccine and the side effects of the vaccine?
Are there any governmental mandates requiring people to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?
Can an employer mandate its employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available?
What happens if my employer mandates the vaccine, but I don’t want to receive it for religious or medical reasons?
What happens if my employer mandates the vaccine, but I refuse the vaccine without having an accommodation?
Are employer mandates to be vaccinated subject to collective bargaining?
Is there data or guidance about whether the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or are immunocompromised?
Are school nurses protected from liability if they are administering the vaccine in their role as school nurses?
Do I have any recourse against the school district or college if I am harmed by the vaccine or the vaccination process?
Where can I get weekly updates about the distribution of the vaccine in NJ?
(Updated) Can my employer ask me if I received the vaccine and/or ask for a copy of my immunization record?
(NEW) Once I am fully vaccinated, am I still required to quarantine due to possible or known exposure to someone with COVID-19?
(NEW) When am I considered to be “fully vaccinated”?
(NEW) If I had COVID-19 and recovered do I need to get the vaccine?