"I have had a number of inquiries concerning the effect of the vaccine and subsequent brief (hopefully!) illnesses on firefighters. As I mentioned during my brief talk at your video meeting, the Canzanella Act covers this:
- N.J.S.A. 34:15-31.6 provides that any injury, illness, or
death of any public safety worker resulting from administration to the
worker of a vaccine, to prepare for, or respond to any actual threatened
or potential bioterrorism or epidemic, as part of an inoculation
program IN CONNECTION with the workers’ employment or in connection with
any governmental program OR recommendation for the inoculation of
workers in the workers’ occupation, geographical area or other category
that includes the worker, or resulting from the transmission of disease
from another employee or member of the public inoculated under the
program, is PRESUMED to arise out of and in the course of the employment
and all care or treatment of the worker, including testing, diagnosis,
surveillance and monitoring, and ALL TIME during which the worker is
UNABLE TO WORK while receiving the care or treatment, is compensable
under the provisions of (The Workers’ Compensation Act) .
- There is no waiting period for workers compensation temporary
disability under the Act. They are covered by WORKERS COMP temporary
disability, from DAY ONE.
are several other aspects of the statute that bear discussion, and I am
available to add detail or procedural assistance if you require
Richard B. Rubenstein, Esq.
Rothenberg, Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC
70 So. Orange Ave, Suite 205
Livingston, NJ 07039
Fax: (973) 535-1760
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Fellow, American College of Workers’ Compensation"