NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBS) — Rutgers University is requiring college students enrolled for the 2021 fall semester to obtain their COVID-19 vaccine. The choice comes after assurances from the federal authorities that the vaccine might be accessible for all Individuals by the tip of Might.
“We’re dedicated to well being and security for all members of our group, and including COVID-19 vaccination to our pupil immunization necessities will assist present a safer and extra strong faculty expertise for our college students,” Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway mentioned.
College students can request an exemption from the vaccination for medical or spiritual causes.
Any pupil enrolled in a totally distant on-line diploma program and people taking part in online-only persevering with teaching programs is not going to be required to get the vaccine.
“For the reason that begin of the pandemic, we’ve got mentioned that the security of the Rutgers group is a shared accountability,” Antonio Calcado, govt vp and chief working officer at Rutgers, mentioned. “An efficient vaccination program is a continuation of Rutgers’ dedication to well being and security for all members of our group of greater than 71,000 college students, the cities we’re in and the communities we serve all through New Jersey.”
Rutgers has acquired approval from the State of New Jersey to manage vaccines on campus to school, employees and college students as soon as vaccine provides can be found. Extra data might be launched at a later date.
“We urge all members of our group to pre-register for the vaccine on the state COVID-19 web site to get vaccinated on the earliest alternative and the primary accessible location,” mentioned Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Well being Sciences and govt vp for well being affairs at Rutgers.