Vaccination Requirement

 

Vaccination Requirement

Drew University will require a COVID-19 vaccination for all students planning to be on campus during the 2021–2022 academic year. This includes undergraduate and graduate students; students participating in our joint and collaborative programs with other institutions; and visiting, exchange, non-matriculated, and special-program students. Review questions and answers about the requirement below.

All students arriving for the fall 2021 semester must upload their record of COVID-19 immunization—defined as a complete series of any COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in the U.S. by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), and World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL)—at least two weeks prior to moving into their residence hall, or August 13 for commuter students, to their Drew University Student Health Portal.

Students who will not be on campus and whose entire course of study is web-based, who are enrolled in a fully online degree program, and/or who are fully remote will be exempt from this policy. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be considered on an individual basis. Find request forms at the Health Service website.

The University is committed to assisting international students make their safe returns to campus and will work closely and on a case-by-case basis with those who may not be able to obtain the vaccine prior to leaving their home country, due to the challenges surrounding visa obtainment and restrictions on travel.

On August 25, 2021, the University announced that all faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, temporary employees, and independent contractors working on Drew’s campus must be fully vaccinated by October 15, 2021. Prior to this decision, faculty and staff were asked to complete this Vaccine Information Form to voluntarily share their COVID-19 vaccine status or intention, as well as their COVID-19 vaccination record. Though 95 percent of employees confirmed they had been fully vaccinated, the full FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and “high” transmission rates of the Delta variant in all New Jersey counties prompted the decision to require vaccination for all employees.

This policy is subject to change based on factors such as the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from governmental authorities.

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