TOMS RIVER – With Governor Phil Murphy requiring all child care center personnel to be fully vaccinated by November 1, at least one local facility planned for this ahead of schedule.
The Goddard School on Route 70 had a vaccine clinic on September 17 for those staff who weren’t already vaccinated. They got the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. They will be getting their second doses on October 8.
The school had mandated vaccinations for their staff before the governor issued Executive Order 264, which required that all child care center personnel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1 or else be subject to testing once or twice per week.
The executive order also stated that all employees, visitors, students, and children 2 and older must wear masks indoors, with limited exceptions.
“We know there are already many child care providers who are doing their utmost to protect the children in their care, their employees, and their communities – and we thank them,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “This order ensures that everyone is abiding by the same strong standards to protect those who are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations, so that we can continue to offer safe, in-person learning environments for children of all ages.”