Economic Recovery & Reopening Update: 12/21/2021

NJ Chamber
Economic Recovery & Reopening Update
December 17, 2021
Content Curated By Scott Goldstein
  • CDC recommends Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 shots over J&J’s.
  • A guide: Must employers follow Biden’s vaccine mandates?
  • COVID-19 cases in N.J. schools have reached their highest levels since September.
CDC Recommends Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Shots Over J&J’s
Most Americans should be given the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines instead of the J&J shot that can cause rare but serious blood clots, the CDC said. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines don’t come with that risk and appear more effective, a panel of CDC advisors said Thursday. The panel recommended the unusual move of giving preference to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and late Thursday the CDC’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, accepted the panel’s advice. (The Associated Press).
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A Guide: Must Employers Follow Biden’s Vaccine Mandates?
Workers are in limbo as federal courts have put President Biden’s vaccine mandates affecting private companies largely on hold. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court panel lifted a nationwide ban against the administration’s vaccine mandate for health care workers, creating the potential for patchwork enforcement across the country. Vaccine mandates covering companies with at least 100 employees and those that have contracts with the federal government also are held up in the courts. (The Associated Press)
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COVID-19 Cases in N.J. Schools have Reached their Highest Levels Since September
New Jersey schools are seeing the highest number of COVID-19 cases since they reopened for in-person instruction in September. For every 1,000 students, 2.05 tested positive in the middle of November. That number increased to 4.56 students for every 1,000 on Dec. 5. Staff COVID-19 cases increased even faster, reported at 5.79 cases per 1,000 on Dec. 5, up from a 2.40 rate in November, the state’s virus dashboard shows. (
State Reduces Number of Days for Quarantine for Students
New Jersey cut quarantine for unvaccinated students from as many as 14 days to seven days after coming in contact with an infected individual. New cases are soaring but officials said the new guidance balances case numbers with the need to keep students in school. Some school officials say they’ve never seen this level of discipline problems and suicidal ideation among students. (NJ Spotlight News)
Raising Pricing? Fired an Employee? Here's How to Communicate to Customers
It’s not easy to break news to customers that may disrupt their experience with your business. Here’s how to address five touchy subjects with transparency and a focus on customer service. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
The N.J. Chamber's Walk to Washington Next Year is Cancelled — to be Recast as 'ReNew Jersey Business Summit' in Atlantic City
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced that its Walk to Washington networking train trip will be recast as the ReNew Jersey Business Summit, to be held April 13-14 at Borgata in Atlantic City, due to lingering concerns about COVID-19. The announcement marks the second consecutive year that the Walk to Washington, the state’s largest business networking event, has been canceled due to the pandemic. Chamber officials said they intend to resume the annual train trip in 2023. (ROI-NJ)
Looking to Get Vaccinated? Here's an Easy Way to Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You.
Just punch in your area code. You can even search for a specific vaccine. (
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Business Resources
State & Federal Financial Assistance (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Reopening Playbook for Employers (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Vaccine Guide for Businesses (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Jobs and Hiring Portal Job Seekers | Employers (State of N.J.)
Guide to Starting a Business in N.J. (New Jersey Business Action Center)
The Best Tool for Your Business - Membership in the N.J. Chamber
The N.J. Chamber provides members with guest speakers, webinars, networking opportunities and discount programs that help businesses grow. The N.J. Chamber also advocates for pro-growth and pro-business legislation.
N.J. Coronavirus Cases
Total Confirmed Deaths Reported: 25,840
Total Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported: 1,150,769
Fully Vaccinated People in N.J.: 6,332,770
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