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Rutgers University Requiring COVID Vaccines for Students Returning to Campus in Fall

Rutgers University Requiring COVID Vaccines for Students Returning to Campus in Fall

“From the onset of the pandemic, the safety of the broader Rutgers community has been our shared responsibility.”

Rutgers is one of the first schools to require this as an official policy, but others will follow.

CNBC reports:

Rutgers University to require Covid vaccine for students returning to campus in the fall

Rutgers University will require students returning to campus this fall to prove they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19, becoming one of the first institutions in the U.S. to mandate the immunizations.

Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway announced the change Thursday, saying in a statement the university plans to update its immunization requirements for students on campus to include the Covid-19 vaccine.

Students will have to prove they’ve been fully vaccinated with any of the three shots currently cleared for use in the U.S. — Pfizer’s, Moderna’s or Johnson & Johnson’s — though students who are under 18 years old will only be eligible for the Pfizer shot. Pfizer’s is the only vaccine authorized by the FDA for use in people as young as 16.

Students who are fully enrolled in online courses without access to on-campus facilities will be exempt from getting vaccinated, according to the statement, as well as those with medical or religious reasons that prohibit immunization.

Many universities across the U.S., following varied reopening plans, have struggled to return students to their campuses during the pandemic. Some institutions have been forced to crack down on off-campus gatherings and events that have caused outbreaks in the surrounding community.

“From the onset of the pandemic, the safety of the broader Rutgers community has been our shared responsibility. This has never been more true,” Holloway said in the statement. “The importance of an effective vaccination program to make our community safer for all cannot be overstated.”


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Not a big deal. Most universities have long required students to show proof of vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, etc. They used to require polio and smallpox vaccinations as well.

It is a Big Deal. Those vaccines have a track record and some have been around for decades. Covid not so much. Do you want to trust your children to it? The EU has suspended it’s use for the most part. Why ,can you say “Thalidomide ” maybe you better look it up.

    OldProf2 in reply to TimMc. | March 26, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    I’m all vaccinated, and my only side effect was a sunburn.

    Of course, the sunburn might have something to do with my trip to Hawaii — to celebrate being vaccinated and not having to worry about picking up the Wuhan Virus in the airport.

      kyrrat in reply to OldProf2. | March 27, 2021 at 2:03 am

      You do realize that the vaccine, like all viral vaccines, reduces the severity of the virus.
      It does not provide immunity. It works like a flu shot for the most part. It helps you get ‘less’ sick, does not guarantee that ‘all’ variants will be affected by the vaccine and mostly gives you reduced symptoms if you ‘do’ get a variant. That isn’t bad. That’s good in fact. It means a new ‘yearly flu shot’, this one for covid, wherein the collective ‘we’ of the community pray they picked the ‘right’ variant for the strain to protect from for this year.

    Antifundamentalist in reply to TimMc. | March 27, 2021 at 9:42 am

    If you don’t want your kid to get the COVID vax, then don’t send them to Rutgers. That’s easy. Also, the vaccine that is problematic in Europe isn’t even available in the US.