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January 11, 2021

To Members of the University Community:

The ongoing rollout of vaccines in the fight against COVID-19 is especially exciting and helps us to create a path forward as we plan for the future at Rutgers. Unfortunately, the excitement has also created confusion, rumors, and, in some cases, missteps by local authorities and entities. While the parameters and logistics surrounding vaccine distribution remain fluid and subject to continuous change, I want to share what we know and where we are as an institution.

It is important to note the following most up-to-date information:

1.     The vaccine is coordinated, controlled, and distributed by the State of New Jersey.
2.     The State is currently in Phase 1A (health care workers and long-term care facilities) and has just opened Phase 1B for sworn police officers and firefighters.
3.     Rutgers frontline health care workers are being vaccinated through our partners: University Hospital in Newark and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
4.     While Rutgers will look to offer vaccination when it is allowed to, Rutgers does NOT have vaccines as it is not currently authorized to vaccinate its community. The only exception is the Eric B. Chandler Health Center in New Brunswick, which is restricted by the State to vaccinating health care workers and first responders, as well as Chandler patients.

As the premier academic health center in New Jersey, we continue to work closely with state officials in facilitating the rollout and will continue to share timely and relevant information as it becomes available.

Currently, the state has begun the vaccine reservation process, and I strongly encourage that all members of our community take advantage and register.

As always, please Wear a face covering, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands!

Stay safe and be well.

Antonio M. Calcado
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer