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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement Information for All Rutgers University Students

Dear Students,

We are writing to share important information regarding the policy requiring students to be fully vaccinated in advance of arriving on campus in the fall.

Deadline for Uploading Vaccination Documentation: Complete vaccination documentation must be uploaded to the Rutgers Student Immunization portal (NetID and password are required) at least two weeks prior to your arrival on campus, but no later than August 1, 2021. Please consult with your academic advisor or program coordinator to confirm your on-campus start date. Additional information regarding the vaccination requirement can be found on the university’s COVID-19 Vaccine webpage

Exemptions: Students may request an exemption, for medical or religious reasons only, from the requirement that they submit proof of vaccination. Exemption requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis; they are NOT automatically granted. The exemption request form is available to students by accessing the Rutgers Student Immunization Portal (NetID and password are required). On-campus participation is not guaranteed, and is dependent on the overall course of the pandemic, the rate and efficacy of vaccination, and the student’s academic program. Those granted exemptions from COVID-19 immunizations will be directed to the appropriate university department to develop an implementation plan which may include applying for feasible and applicable accommodations. Students granted exemptions will not be able to live in on-campus housing. (Previous sentence updated for clarity on 7/21/21)

New Jersey Vaccination Opportunities: All individuals aged 16 and older who live, work, or study in New Jersey are eligible for vaccination.

  • Rutgers’ COVID-19 vaccination sites will begin offering appointments on May 5. Register your interest in being vaccinated on campus and schedule an appointment on our vaccine portal website.
  • RWJBarnabas Health has extended priority access for all Rutgers students at the Middlesex County Megasite in Edison, NJ. To make an appointment, complete the RWJBarnabas Health vaccine registration form. (Update: The Middlesex County Megasite will offer only second-dose vaccine shots as of June 27 and will cease operations completely on July 17.)
  • Additional vaccination sites throughout the state also have a number of available appointments, including at Camden County College in Blackwood and at NJIT in Newark. Please visit the New Jersey vaccine appointment finder as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

To read the Rutgers COVID-19 immunization policy, see Policy 10.3.14 Interim COVID-19 Immunization Record Requirement for Students.

Thank you for your support as we take these steps to protect the health of our community.


Wishing you good health.

Melodee Lasky, MD
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs - Health & Wellness, Rutgers—New Brunswick
Associate Vice President for Student Health Services, Rutgers University

Vicente Gracias, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Vice President Health Affairs, Rutgers University

Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs