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Important Updates to COVID-19 Protocols effective October 1, 2022

Face coverings: continue to be required in clinical settings; as of October 1, they are optional but welcomed elsewhere

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Dean Robert Johnson receives COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccinations & Boosters

COVID-19 vaccines and first boosters are required of all Rutgers students and employees who are eligible to receive them. Upload proof to the appropriate student or employee vaccine portal.

Read the university policy that addresses vaccination requirements for volunteers, contractors, guest lecturers, and others.

Get answers to COVID-19 vaccine questions.

Health & Safety

Mental Health and Wellness If you are feeling anxious or know someone who is, we urge you to seek assistance. Rutgers has many well-being resources available to assist students and employees. Rutgers offers student support and guidance services at CAPS or UBHC. Rutgers staff, faculty, and their families can seek services through Rutgers4U. The My Wellness app for Rutgers employees is available within the Rutgers app and within the myRutgers portal.

Tests learn about test kits and vending machine locations

Be Prepared

For resources that can answer your questions about the current semester and beyond, please visit your respective campus operating status page:

Watch past episodes of the COVID-19 Health Briefing with RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom and listen to On the Pandemic Podcast hosted by RBHS’s Mary O’Dowd.


September 26, 2022
Important Updates and Changes to Rutgers’ COVID-19 Protocols

Effective October 1, 2022, Rutgers is making several significant updates to our COVID-19 protocols. Read the announcement for complete details.

Face coverings: Continue to be required in clinical settings; however, effective October 1, they will no longer be required in indoor teaching spaces and libraries. Where masks are optional, we encourage all individuals who prefer to wear them to do so, and we fully respect that personal decision.

Vaccines and boosters: There is no change in this requirement. All students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated, obtain a booster when eligible, and upload records to the university vaccine portal. The university urges all members of its community to obtain vaccination boosters as soon as eligibility permits. See CDC guidance for information.

Testing for Covered Individuals with waivers: Covered Individuals with medical or religious waivers must continue to test; however, once-weekly testing with self-administered rapid (antigen) tests is now required instead of twice-weekly PCR testing. Test results must be uploaded here.

Testing for individuals with waivers: Students and employees with medical or religious waivers who are not Covered Individuals must continue to test once per week, but now through self-administered rapid (antigen) tests instead of PCR testing, and must upload their results here.

Test Kits: Rutgers will transition to self-administered rapid (antigen) tests, which will be available through the established test kit vending machines. Individuals with waivers must upload test results by way of an attestation; results must be uploaded here. All students may avail themselves of up to two tests per week.

Events: Both indoor and outdoor, will no longer require attendees to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

Vaccine requirements for contractors, volunteers, and others: Existing protocols for volunteers, contractors, guest lecturers, camp participants, and others remain in place.

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Rutgers’ COVID-19 vaccination locations will be closed by September 30 as vaccinations and boosters are readily available at pharmacies, clinics, and physician offices

Flu Vaccinations: While the flu vaccine is only required for Covered Individuals, receiving an annual flu shot continues to be an important part of community health. Students may contact Student Health offices for flu vaccine information. Faculty and staff of Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Newark, and Rutgers–Camden should visit the Occupational Health Department site for information regarding the university flu shot program. RBHS employees can find flu vaccine information online.

Additional Announcements

Information on Student Required Booster Vaccination (January 10, 2022)

Update on Booster Vaccination for Faculty and Staff (January 2, 2022)

Additional announcements can be found on the Communications page.


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