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Vaccine Eligibility Extended to Teachers, Other Workers

Gov. Phil Murphy has announced an expansion to the State’s COVID-19 vaccination program as summarized below.

Beginning Monday, March 15, the following categories are eligible for vaccination:

• Educators, including support staff, in pre-K through 12th grade settings

• Childcare workers in licensed and registered settings

• Public and local transportation workers, including bus, taxi, rideshare, and airport employees; NJ TRANSIT workers; and Motor Vehicle Commission staff

• Public safety workers who are not sworn law enforcement or fire professionals, including probation officers and fire safety inspectors

• Migrant farm workers

• Members of tribal communities

• Individuals experiencing homelessness and those living in shelters, including domestic violence shelters

Beginning Monday, March 29, the following categories are eligible for vaccination:

• Food production, agriculture, and food distribution

• Eldercare and support

• Warehousing and logistics

• Social services support staff

• Elections personnel

• Hospitality

• Medical supply chain;

• Postal and shipping services

• Clergy

• Judicial system

Also, anyone between the ages 16 and 64 who has one of these medical conditions now qualifies for the state’s COVID vaccination program, thanks to the CDC:

• Asthma

• Cerebrovascular disease

• Cystic fibrosis

• Dementia / neurologic conditions

• Diabetes (Type 1)

• Hypertension

• Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system)

• Liver disease

• Overweight (BMIs between 25 and 30; those 30+ were already eligible)

• Pulmonary fibrosis

• Thalassemia