By: Olivia Armstrong, Writer / Follow South Jersey News Reporting Intern
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey announced earlier this week that fully vaccinated residents who travel out of state are no longer required to self-quarantine or get tested for COVID-19 before and after their travels.
New Jerseyans traveling out of state who are fully vaccinated no longer need to self isolate for two weeks, and they do not need to get tested before and after leaving the state. These changes are in line with updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control.
“While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and updated CDC guidance have made it possible for vaccinated individuals to resume travel without quarantine,” Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement. “New Jersey residents should still exercise caution in traveling and follow all public health rules and regulations as the end of the pandemic comes into view.”
Not only did Gov. Murphy lift restrictions and requirements for fully vaccinated people regarding travel, but he also announced an expansion to eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Starting April 19, all New Jersey residents aged 16 and older will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Until that date, however, all New Jersey residents aged 55 and older along with a number of frontline essential workers are eligible to get vaccinated, and you can check out who exactly is eligible here.
The requirements being lifted gives much more freedom to the New Jerseyans that have been fully vaccinated.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.