New Jersey COVID-19 Business Information

Up-to-date information for businesses on reopening after COVID, including rules and guidelines to follow, financial assistance programs, and other resources.

Can I require my employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter my workplace?

May 4, 2021

Yes, an employer can require that an employee receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to return to the workplace. However, this does not hold true if the employee cannot get the vaccine because of a disability, because their doctor has advised them not to get the vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Learn more at the COVID-19 Information Hub.

Receive Tax Credits for Providing Paid Leave During Vaccinations

Businesses and tax-exempt organizations with fewer than 500 employees can receive a tax credit for providing paid time off for each employee receiving the vaccine and for any time needed to recover from the vaccine. For example, if an eligible employer offers employees a paid day off in order to get vaccinated, the employer can receive a tax credit equal to the wages paid to employees for that day (up to certain limits). Learn more about federal tax credits.