Dear Rutgers Colleagues,
The CDC always recommends a yearly flu shot as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses, but this year, getting your flu shot is even more important as we continue the fight against COVID-19. Flu vaccines will not prevent COVID-19, but they will avoid confusion between the flu and COVID-19, reduce the burden of flu illnesses and hospitalizations on the health care system, and conserve resources for the care of people with COVID-19. That is why we urge all of you to take advantage of the many opportunities to get your flu shot.
All Covered Individuals (as defined in University Policy 100.3.1) are required to provide proof of seasonal flu vaccination during Flu Season unless they have a Rutgers-approved medical or religious exemption. Please review Policy 100.3.1 to determine if this requirement applies to you. Any Covered Individual who fails to comply with this Policy may be subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment. Flu vaccination documentation must be uploaded to the Influenza Vaccine Portal by November 30, and exemption requests must be submitted by November 1.
For employees who are not Covered Individuals, while flu shots are not required, they are strongly encouraged.
Flu shots are already available at local pharmacies and through primary care providers. Please visit the State of New Jersey's flu webpage to find a vaccine provider near you. Additionally, Rutgers will offer free flu vaccines to faculty and staff with a valid RU ID. Information on vaccine clinic dates and locations can be found at the following Occupational Health offices:
Rutgers New Brunswick/Piscataway/Newark/Camden Faculty and Staff:
- Flu vaccine Information is available on the Occupational Health webpage
RBHS New Brunswick/Piscataway Faculty and Staff:
- RWJMS employee Flu Vaccine Information and appointment scheduling is available at: https://rwjms.rutgers.edu/flu-vaccine
- For all others, EOHSI Flu Vaccine Information and Clinic schedule is available at: https://eohsi.rutgers.edu/wp-content/uploads/Flu-Shots-announcement-2021.pdf
RBHS Newark Faculty and Staff:
- NJMS Occupational Medical Service flu vaccine information is available by contacting: 973-972-2900.
Flu vaccinations are the most effective way to prevent the flu, lessen its symptoms, and reduce its spread. Flu vaccination not only helps keep us individually well but also protects the most vulnerable in our communities. The CDC reinforces that the flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness and recommends that almost everyone 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine every year.
We must continue to work together to keep our community safe and healthy. Please remember, wear a mask, watch your distance, wash your hands, and get your flu shot.
Wishing you good health.
Vicente Gracias, MD
Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, RBHS
Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University
Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University