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In support of Rutgers’ commitment to health and safety for all members of its community, the University will be updating its Immunization Requirements for Students to include the COVID-19 vaccine. This health policy update means that, with limited exceptions, all students planning to attend in the Fall 2021 semester must be fully vaccinated.

Read Policy 10.3.14 Interim COVID-19 Immunization Record Requirement for Students and the FAQ for more details.

Rutgers has been approved by the State of New Jersey to offer Rutgers clinics for on-campus administration of vaccines to faculty, staff, and students, when vaccine supplies become available. Rutgers faculty, staff, and students may complete a questionnaire to register their interest in receiving a vaccine from the university on our vaccine portal website.

Rutgers faculty and staff are encouraged to get immunized against COVID-19 at the earliest opportunity. All members of our community also may register with the State in order to get vaccinated.

The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination include prevention of serious illness, hospitalization, and death from the virus. Broad immunization is critical to help stop the pandemic and to protect our community. Benefits specific to the Rutgers community include:

  • An expedited return to pre-pandemic normal
  • Additional face-to-face course offerings and academic experiences
  • Opportunities for a wider range of events and activities offered at our campuses
  • Expanded dining and recreation options at Rutgers
  • Greater interpersonal collaboration among faculty, students, and researchers

Proof of vaccination will be required for all students planning to attend this fall. Any vaccine authorized for use in the U.S. (currently Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) is acceptable. Some incoming students may be 17 years old and only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Students enrolled in fully online degree programs (typically defined as having no access to on-campus facilities), as well as individuals participating in fully online or off-campus Continuing Education programs, will not need to provide proof of vaccination.

Additional information on exemptions and instructions regarding Rutgers vaccine clinics will be coming soon.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Rutgers Students

COVID-19 Vaccine for Rutgers Non-Health Care Staff and Faculty

COVID-19 Vaccine for Rutgers Health Care Workers

General COVID-19 Vaccine Questions