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Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Persichilli and Murphy promote boosters, cautious optimism ahead of Thanksgiving

By Joey Fox, November 22 2021 4:40 pm

With the state recently opening booster vaccine eligibility to all residents over 18, Gov. Phil Murphy and Commissioner of the Department of Health Judy Persichilli today urged New Jerseyans to get their booster shots, and more broadly to act with common-sense caution as families and friends reunite for Thanksgiving.

“We encourage you to get vaccinated ahead of the holiday gatherings and travel to avoid putting anyone, including yourself, at risk,” Persichilli said.

The guidance echoes what both Persichilli and Murphy have said for many months, which is that fully vaccinated residents can, for the most part, live their lives as normal, subject to masking and distancing mandates in certain spaces like schools.

“Please, please, please enjoy this holiday, but enjoy it safely and responsibly at every level,” Murphy said. “If you’re with people that you have a degree of confidence in – you know them, you know their vaccine status – have at it! Raise hell. Have a great Thanksgiving.”

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