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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 complete COVID-19 primary series vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO)A primary series vaccination is defined as 2 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J/Janssen) vaccine, or completing the primary doses of international WHO-authorized vaccines.

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

Due date
For students entering or re-entering in the Summer or Fall 2022, complete the primary series of COVID-19 vaccination and upload proof of vaccination to the student health portal, OWL

    • Summer 2022: Complete vaccination by May 2, 2022
    • Summer Scholars/EOF 2022: Complete vaccination by June 9, 2022 
    • Fall 2022: Complete vaccination by July 15, 2022 

Students who do not provide proof of vaccination by the start of classes will be deregistered from TCNJ. 

Booster doses
It is strongly recommended that students receive their booster dose of COVID vaccine when it is time and upload the record to OWL. Please see booster shot information on the CDC website

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 misplaced their COVID-19 vaccination card can obtain their vaccination record 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. Please refer to the TCNJ COVID-19 website for up-to-date information.

  • 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 to 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 does not exempt a student from the vaccination requirement. 
  • A positive antibody test does not exempt a student from the vaccination requirement. Antibody test results should not be used to decide if you need a COVID-19 vaccine or a vaccine booster. Information about the value and limitations of antibody testing can be found on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website

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