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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Introduction

To minimize outbreaks of COVID-19 within the TCNJ community, prevent or reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, and to promote the public health of the community, TCNJ is requiring that all students be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO). Compliance with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement allows the campus community to achieve some semblance of normalcy, to get back to College activities and safely resume in-person interactions. Individuals are considered “fully vaccinated” per CDC two weeks or more after they received their single-dose vaccine or second of two-doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Where to get vaccinated

  • COVID-19 vaccines are provided free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.
  • Locate a vaccination site near you

Deadline to complete COVID-19 vaccination for the Spring Semester: January 5, 2022  (deadlines for Summer and Fall 2022 coming soon)

Upload proof of vaccination into OWL at https://tcnj.medicatconnect.com/. Students who do not provide proof of vaccination by the start of classes will be deregistered from TCNJ. Students who have attended TCNJ in Fall 2021 and submitted proof of covid vaccination do not need to resubmit their vaccination record.

Acceptable Documentation Of COVID-19 Vaccination

  • The following documents will be accepted as evidence of COVID-19 vaccination provided that the type of acceptable COVID-19 vaccine and the date each dose of vaccine was administered is listed:
    • CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record card
    • Docket™ immunization record screenshot – must include your name on the record
    • An official record of COVID-19 vaccination from the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS) or other State immunization registry.
    • A record of COVID-19 vaccination on office letterhead signed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, registered nurse or pharmacist.
    • A military immunization or health record from the United States Armed Forces documenting COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Students who were vaccinated in New Jersey and have lost their COVID-19 vaccination card can obtain a copy by visiting the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS). Students who were vaccinated outside of New Jersey can refer to that State’s COVID-19 website for instructions.

Exemptions

TCNJ will consider applications from students for exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement as described below. Students who are granted a religious or medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement will have certain requirements and be limited in their on-campus activities as compared to vaccinated students. Such requirements and limitations will include, among other things, once or twice per week testing for COVID-19, additional face-covering requirements, and restriction from living in campus housing.

  • Medical Exemption: A student may be considered for exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement if they have a medical contraindication for COVID-19 vaccination and if failure to receive this immunization does not prevent the fulfillment of the essential functions and/or curricular requirements of the academic program. Conditions comprising valid medical contraindications to vaccine administration are those set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To apply for a medical exemption, a physician licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy, or an advanced practice nurse, in any jurisdiction of the U.S., or in any foreign country, must complete the COVID-19 VACCINE MEDICAL EXEMPTION FORM.
  • Religious Exemption: A student may be considered for exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement if the student provides a written signed statement explaining HOW immunization conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs or practices (source: N.J.A.C. 8:57-6:15). A general philosophical or moral exemption to the vaccination will not be sufficient for an exemption on religious grounds

Requests for exemption must be uploaded into the Online Wellness Link (OWL). Select “COVID-19 Vaccination Record” as the document to be uploaded and email health@tcnj.edu that you have submitted an exemption request. Exemption requests that are emailed, mailed or brought in person to Student Health Services will NOT be reviewed. 

All exemption-related documents shall become part of the student’s immunization/vaccination record and shall be reviewed periodically by a health professional to determine whether the exemption shall remain in effect and whether additional restrictions shall apply. When an exemption no longer exists, the student must then comply with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

As as student with an approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination, there are restrictions and requirements to which you must adhere. See TCNJ’s Campus Health and Safety Interim Policy for this important information.

Past History of COVID-19 Infection and Antibody Test Results

A past history of COVID-19 infection or a positive antibody test does not meet the vaccination requirement.

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), people can be vaccinated regardless of their history of symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID-19 infection; this includes people with prolonged post-COVID-19 symptoms. Further, CDC states that there is no recommended minimum interval between infection and vaccination unless the person was treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, or has a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS), in which case, vaccination should be deferred for at least 90 days. Vaccination of people with known current COVID-19 infection should be deferred until the person has recovered from the acute illness (if the person had symptoms) and they have been discharged from isolation. This is because data has indicated that the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines can be given safely to people with evidence of a prior COVID-19 infection. 

Antibody testing is not recommended for the purposes of vaccine decision-making. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding the public and health care providers that results from currently authorized COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) antibody tests should not be used to evaluate a person’s level of immunity or protection from COVID-19 at any time.

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