With the three COVID-19 vaccines now readily available for anyone over the age of 16, many universities in New Jersey are requiring their students to be vaccinated before the start of the 2021-22 school year.
Everyone in New Jersey age 16 and older became eligible for a vaccine on April 19 and many sites across the state are now accepting walk-ins for those who wish to get one, prompting several university officials to mandate vaccinations for students who live on campus or attend in-person classes.
The following universities have announced that they will require students who live on campus to be vaccinated:
Drew University: Students who take online only courses are exempt, with the private school in Madison to consider other medical and religious exceptions, the school said in a statement. Drew officials were still considering whether or not vaccines will be required from faculty and staff members.
Fairleigh Dickinson University: The university said it will require all students who attend either the Metropolitan or Florham campus to be fully vaccinated before the fall semester begins. This will include all students who will be on campus to live, attend classes, or engage in any in-person activities.
Georgian Court University: All residential students will need to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to moving in this fall, a university spokeswoman told NJ Advance Media this week. The university has partnered with Walmart to host a pop-up vaccine clinic on campus on May 10 that will be open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. The university president will be first in line to receive it, the spokeswoman said.
Kean University: All students must submit a vaccination record to the university that shows they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by Aug. 31 to attend in-person classes in the fall. Most fall Kean courses will be held in-person, so students who remain unvaccinated will not have access to campus facilities and should consider transitioning to online courses, the university president said.
Montclair State University: The school said the only exceptions will be for medical or religious reasons. Students enrolled in fully online programs that offer no on-campus instruction, activities, or services also do not need to be vaccinated.
New Jersey City University: Students taking in-person classes will be required to show proof of immunization, the university president said.
New Jersey Institute of Technology: The university will require both students and employees to be administered the coronavirus vaccine.
Princeton University: The Ivy League school’s requirement applies to its nearly 7,800 students, including undergraduates, graduate students and international students. But, some exceptions will be made.
Rider University: Rider University will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for the fall 2021 semester, a release from the school stated. The requirement applies to all students who are enrolled or will otherwise be present on campus for any reason. Students enrolled in fully online degree programs who do not physically come to campus will not require vaccination.
Rowan University: Rowan University students who live in on-campus housing, affiliated housing or attend in-person classes will be required to be vaccinated, unless they are able to opt out in “accordance with guidelines for the emergency use authorization of the current vaccines,” Rowan University President Ali A. Houshmand announced Thursday. Full-time students who show proof of vaccination before Aug. 7 will receive a $500 credit to their fall 2021 course registration bill and those who live on campus will receive another $500 credit to their housing bill, the university president said.
Rutgers University: The 71,000-student university will allow medical and religious exemptions as it does for other mandatory vaccines, said Antonio Calcado, the university’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. But Rutgers will otherwise require the vaccine even if some students are largely learning remotely in the fall, he said.
Stevens Institute of Technology: The private Hoboken college will require students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccination before returning to campus this fall.
Stockton University: All students must submit complete vaccination documentation to Student Health Services at least two weeks prior to arrival on campus, but no later than Aug. 1, unless…
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