Executive Order 332 Lifts COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements For Healthcare Settings
June 14, 2023
On June 12, 2023, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 332 (EO 332), lifting COVID-19 vaccination requirements for covered workers at health care settings. EO 332 follows the latest final rule published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on June 5, 2023, which withdraws interim final rules that mandated COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
EO332 took effect immediately on June 12, 2023 and will remain in effect until revoked or modified by the Governor. Health care settings are therefore no longer required to maintain a policy that requires covered workers to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. However, they may implement and enforce their own COVID-19 vaccination or testing policy.
Health care settings include:
- Acute, pediatric, inpatient rehabilitation, and psychiatric hospitals, including specialty hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers;
- Long-term care facilities;
- Intermediate care facilities;
- Residential detox, short-term, and long-term residential substance abuse disorder treatment facilities;
- Clinic-based settings like ambulatory care, urgent care clinics, dialysis centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, family planning sites, and Opioid Treatment Programs;
- Community-based healthcare settings including Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, pediatric and adult medical day care programs; and
- Licensed home health agencies and registered healthcare service firms operating within the State.
Covered workers include all the following:
- Full and part-time employees;
- Contractors; and
- Other individuals working in health care settings, including individuals providing operational, custodial services, or administrative support.
For the avoidance of doubt, private physician offices are not subject to vaccination requirements.
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