New Jersey City University continues to subscribe to the public health expert guidance that vaccination is the best way to ensure the health and safety of the University community, and in line with federal and State standards have determined that a mandate is now warranted. We note that this course of action is in keeping with other institutions of higher education in the region as well as federal, state, and local governments and many private industries.
As you know, until this point, the University has strongly encouraged vaccination for employees, but had not issued a mandate. In line with our peers, the University has determined the need for a vaccine mandate effective November 1, 2021.
The University policy can be found here. Details regarding the implementation of the policy will be published and circulated shortly, as will the procedure for requesting medical and religious exemptions from vaccination. Employees who are granted exemptions will be required to have a COVID test up to twice per week.
The University’s expectation is for all non-exempt employees to have received both doses of a 2-dose series or have received the single-dose vaccine by December 23, 2021.
The University has sent notification of the vaccination requirement to CWA Local 1031 and IFPTE Local 195 as required by negotiated agreements. The University is in the process of negotiating a local agreement with AFT. Questions regarding local agreements with the unions should be directed to the appropriate union representatives. Managers, contract and temporary employees can direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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