(Bloomberg) -- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is requiring all workers in health-care settings and high-risk congregate-living facilities to be fully Covid-19 vaccinated and boosted, and is eliminating a test-out option. 

“The science tells us that it is no longer good enough to just receive your primary series, as being boosted is necessary to protect yourself and those around you,” Murphy said at a press conference Wednesday. 

New Jerseyans in the health-care community who aren’t vaccinated have until Jan. 27 to get their first vaccine dose and complete the primary series by Feb. 28. Those in congregate facilities have until Feb. 28 to get the first dose and March 30 for the second shot. 

Murphy, a Democrat who began his second term on Tuesday, said the workers will have three weeks from their booster eligibility date to receive the extra shot. About 575,000 New Jerseyans have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past four weeks amid the omicron-fueled surge, he said.

“An omicron tsunami has washed across our state,” Murphy said. “While it appears that the omicron tsunami is finally pulling back, we are in no position to say we are on dry ground.” 

Covid-positive numbers are dropping, with the state reporting 8,467 new cases on Wednesday and a positivity rate of 23.33%. 





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