Dear Members of the RBHS Community:
Academic, research, and clinical missions are actively underway within RBHS, and as even more of our faculty, staff and students return in person over the coming weeks, I am proud that we will all be operating within an environment that is among the safest in the region.
Since last summer, despite several surges of the pandemic, Rutgers maintained substantially lower COVID-19 case rates than the areas in which we reside, all while continuing to deliver patient care, conduct laboratory research, provide clinical training, and offer substantial amounts of education in person. This track record of success is supported by the safety measures that have been underway throughout the pandemic, and are now augmented by the impressive vaccination statistics shared by President Holloway in his message to the community yesterday.
While variants of SARS-CoV-2 will continue to be a concern, I assure you that we will continue to monitor, act, evaluate, and adjust our efforts vigorously to keep our community members safe and informed while providing robust opportunities for learning, research and productive interchange.
Vaccination remains the key to supporting the continued health and safety of all of the members of our university community. We are extremely fortunate to have access to several extraordinarily effective and safe vaccines that overwhelmingly protect against severe illness, including the delta variant. While we have been very successful in vaccinating the Rutgers community, each and every vaccination counts. So please get vaccinated if you have not yet done so, encourage everyone you know to get vaccinated as well, and upload your vaccination documentation to the Rutgers student or employee portals. On-campus vaccination clinics are available for free to all. If you need help scheduling an appointment, please contact the Rutgers Vaccine Scheduling Assistance Program. Non-university locations for vaccination can also be found by visiting covid19.nj.gov/pages/vaccine.
Thank you all for your continued dedication to our work and to the safety of our community. Please remember to wash your hands, wear a mask while indoors, particularly in crowded spaces and groups, abide by recommended attendance levels for groups and meetings, and stay up-to-date on university guidance by consulting the Guide to Returning to Rutgers and the university’s COVID-19 website.
In good health and with very best wishes,
Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President of Health Affairs, Rutgers University