Taking note of President Biden’s vow to make every adult in the United States eligible for a vaccine by early summer, Rutgers University, in New Jersey, said on Thursday that all students would need to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to be allowed to return to campus in the fall.
“Adding Covid-19 vaccination to our student immunization requirements will help provide a safer and more robust college experience for our students,” the Rutgers president, Jonathan Holloway, said in a statement. w
That requirement will apply to Rutgers’ three main campuses, in New Brunswick, Newark and Camden. Beginning in the fall, students will have to show “proof of vaccination” before moving into a dorm or attending in-person classes.
According to the university, students may file for an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Those attending fully online or off-campus programs will also be exempt. The university has more than 70,000 students, 81 percent of whom are New Jersey residents.