Court Rejects PBA Bid To Block Murphy COVID Vaccine Mandate For Prison Guards And Others

Gov. Phil Murphy’s requirement that workers in high-risk settings get the COVID-19 vaccine — and a booster shot, when they’re eligible — survived a serious legal challenge Friday when a state appellate court dismissed a bid by New Jersey’s largest police union to block the mandate.

In a 34-page opinion, a panel of three judges brushed aside the New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Association’s claim that Murphy overstepped his bounds when he declared last month that certain workers in crowded, high-risk environments such as hospitals and prisons — including about 11,000 county and state corrections officers — must get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs. 

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