This week Governor Murphy announced the NJ Docket App for COVID vaccination records and continued to urge New Jersey residents to get vaccinated. The Division of Pensions and Benefits issued guidance on the termination of retirees who returned employment to assist with the COVID health emergency.
COVID Data for July 16, 2021:
- 516 new positive cases for a total of 897,045 confirmed cases
- 2 new confirmed deaths for a total of 23,815 confirmed deaths
- The rate of transmission is at 1.24
- 10,205,616 vaccine doses have been administered, including 5,592,636 who have received at least one dose and 4,996,621 who are fully vaccinated. 56% are Pfizer, 40% Moderna, and 4% J&J.
Expiration of Executive Order 115 & P.L. 2020, c. 115
On April 6, 2020, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 115, which 1) waived re-enrollment in the State-administered retirement systems for retirees hired for temporary reemployment during, and for the duration of, the COVID-19 emergency; 2) permitted retirees to return to their former employer within 180 days of retirement provided that the return to employment was not pre-planned, and 3) waived the required 60-day waiting period for employees newly hired for COVID-19-related duties to allow enrollment for immediate coverage in the State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
Similarly, P.L. 2020, c. 115, which codified provisions of Executive Order No. 115, also allowed PFRS, PERS-LEO, or SPRS employees who attained Mandatory Retirement age during the Public Health Emergency to remain in active employment if employed for COVID-19-related duties for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
Since the public health emergency has ended, effective August 1, 2021, all retirees who returned employment under the provisions of Executive Order 115 must be terminated. Division of Pension and Benefits has advised certifying officers on the process necessary to terminate such employees. In addition, they are recommending that employers review their hiring records and immediately advise reemployed retirees of the July 4, 2021 expiration of Executive Order No. 115, along with the resignation/termination deadline before August 1, 2021.
The Department of Health is providing access to individuals' COVID vaccination records through a secure and free smartphone app Docket, which is CDC approved. NJ Docket is intended to solely give residents easy access to their COVID vaccination record, especially if their vaccination card has been damaged or lost. While the information available through Docket is currently limited to your COVID vaccination record, it will be broadened to provide you with your entire record from the New Jersey Immunization Information System. Individuals who were vaccinated in the state and have an email or phone number on file with the New Jersey Immunization Information System known as NJIIS can access their COVID-19 vaccination record using the app.
As a reminder, homebound residents who have not yet connected with their local health department, or a home health agency, and who need an in-home vaccination should visit www.covid19.nj.gov/homeboundvax or contact the call center at 855-568-0545.
Lori Buckelew, Assistant Executive Director, email@example.com, 609-695-3481, x112.