Hoboken Public School District to require proof of vaccination for students

Hoboken students 12 and older must show proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing.

The Hoboken Public School District has announced that students 12 and older must show proof of vaccination for COVID-19 for the upcoming school year, or face weekly testing.

The new requirements were revealed in a reopening plan by the school district. Students that are 12 and older along with staff members in the district that do not have proof of vaccination must undergo weekly tests for COVID.

The district will also randomly select a percentage (equaling New Jersey’s positivity rate) of students who are not yet age eligible for vaccinations for weekly COVID testing each week starting on September 17.

Parents and guardians of selected students will be notified two days in advance on Wednesdays so they can either be present for testing, or make arrangements for their child to be tested elsewhere.

The requirement is another step by Hoboken officials to get residents and workers vaccinated for COVID. Last month, Mayor Ravi Bhalla ordered all municipal workers to get vaccinated or get weekly testing.

Said Bhalla on Tuesday, “[The school district’s] plan to continue to provide safe, in-person educational instruction will ensure that students and families feel protected in the classroom and will limit the spread of COVID-19 among our children. I strongly encourage all other institutions and businesses in Hoboken to adopt similar policies.”

The only vaccine that is currently available for children 12 and older is the Pfizer vaccine. The vaccine was fully approved by the FDA this week, but is still under an emergency use authorization for children 12-15.

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