Will N.J. require COVID vaccines for students? Not now, but it remains ‘on the table,’ Murphy says.

Days after California became the first state to announce school children must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend in-person classes, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday he doesn’t expect New Jersey will take that step, though he also didn’t rule it out.

“I don’t anticipate we’re gonna need to do that, in terms of mandating the kids to have it,” Murphy said during his latest coronavirus briefing in Trenton. “But it’s an option, I think, we leave on the table.”

“We think we’ve got the right package for school in place,” added the Democratic governor, who is running for a second term Nov. 2. “We also acknowledge that as the weather starts to slip on us and we’re spending a lot more of our lives inside, including in schools, we may see some bumps. But we think this is the right package in place.”

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