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Recent Announcements

January 22, 2021
President’s Monthly Update: Returning to Campus This Fall, and Vaccine’s Critical Role

Our plans for repopulating our campuses for fall 2021 will be in step with state and federal guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Central to these expectations is the progress we can make in vaccination against COVID-19. You will be hearing more about these plans from our chancellors and provosts in the coming days and weeks.

January 15, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expansion and Resources

New Jersey expanded the eligibility guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations; detailed information on the rollout phases, vaccine safety, eligibility, and registration is available on New Jersey’s COVID-19 Vaccine site. Understanding that the vaccine rollout is fluid, we urge everyone to visit this state resource on a regular basis.

January 11, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Update

The COVID-19 vaccine is coordinated, controlled, and distributed by the State of New Jersey, and the state is currently in phase 1A distribution (health care workers and long-term care facilities) and partial phase 1B (sworn police officers and firefighters). Rutgers frontline workers are being vaccinated through our hospital partners. Currently, Rutgers does not have vaccines to vaccinate its community; however, the university will look to offer the vaccine when authorized to do so.

December 15, 2020
Increasing Rutgers COVID-19 Testing Frequency

The university’s Testing Protocol Action Group increases testing frequency among groups previously approved for testing through our targeted testing strategy. Completion of SARS-CoV-2 testing for groups and individuals previously approved for testing will be expected on a weekly basis effective December 14. Employees and students who are regularly present on campus should inform Occupational Health or Student Health if they test positive for COVID-19.

Returning to Rutgers Safely

Read Returning to Rutgers, the comprehensive plan for restart as submitted to the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.

Complete the mandatory My Campus Pass, a daily self-screening application for employees and students, before entering a Rutgers building or being on campus. Log in to

Use the Rutgers Visitors Log to register visitors, vendors, contractors, and guests each day using this required platform. Access the app.



Health & Safety

COVID-19 On-Campus Testing Strategy, Rutgers offers SARS-CoV-2 PCR saliva testing to specified groups of employees and students on campus on a weekly basis. Read about the university’s testing strategy. Visit the Testing Program Dashboard to see results of the testing performed.

Mental Health and Wellness Rutgers offers student support and guidance services at CAPS or UBHC. Rutgers staff, faculty, and their families can seek services through Rutgers4U. Rutgers employees also can find resources on COVID-19 telecommuting and wellness.



Dean Robert Johnson receives COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccinations

“This vaccination is one of the most important steps we can take to protect us from the devastations of COVID-19,” said Robert Johnson, dean of Rutgers’ two medical schools, shown receiving the initial dose of the vaccine.

Videos & Podcasts

COVID-19 Biweekly Health Briefings from RBHS Chancellor Strom provide an opportunity for information sharing and clarification on COVID-19-related topics. [Watch the past briefings]

On the Pandemic, a podcast series, with Mary E. O’Dowd, Executive Director, Health Systems and Population Health Integration, RBHS

Episode 1: Statewide Vaccine Distribution and Safety
Listen on your preferred platform

Our Path Forward: A Conversation on the COVID-19 Vaccine and Campus Repopulation Efforts
Sherri-Ann P. Butterfield, Executive Vice Chancellor at Rutgers University–Newark, moderates a conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine and the repopulation of Rutgers with Vicente Gracias, MD, Rutgers Vice President for Health Affairs and RBHS Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs and Antonio M. Calcado, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. [Watch the video]

Be Prepared

For resources that can answer your questions about the current and upcoming semesters, please visit your respective campus website:

Resources from New Jersey

The COVID Alert NJ app anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  Download the app and learn about other resources available from New Jersey.

Visit New Jersey’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration site to pre-register for the vaccine.


Rutgers released its plan to restore and repopulate research at the university, reopening research venues in a staged manner. Learn more to understand and support the safe return to full research capability.

Read a message about maintaining safety in our research enterprise.


Get answers to your questions on health and campus safety, vaccines, telecommuting, and more subjects of concern and interest to the university community.

Additional Announcements

Temporary Expansion of Permissible Use of Accrued Paid Sick Time for COVID-19 Related Self-Quarantine, School Closure, Place of Child Care Closure, or Lack of Availability of Child Care (December 31, 2020)

Important Information Regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine (December 30, 2020)

COVID-19 University Updates (December 22, 2020)

Additional announcements can be found on the Communications page.

Emergency support

Donate to support Rutgers students during this crisis and help fund COVID-19 research and clinical care:

This website is your official source of information about the university’s response to COVID-19. This is an evolving situation and we will provide updates as information becomes available.  Check this site frequently.