Princeton University will require all on-campus students to receive COVID-19 vaccines for the fall

Undergraduate and graduate students at Princeton University who will be on campus during the 2021-22 academic year must prove that they have received a COVID-19 vaccine, school officials announced Tuesday.

Students must prove that they received a COVID-19 vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and must submit their COVID-19 vaccine records to the university’s health services department via an online portal. The information must be submitted by Aug. 1.

School officials said exemptions for medical and religious reasons will be granted in accordance with the university’s reasonable accommodation policies and legal requirements. 

University officials have not decided whether to require faculty, staff, and other people working on campus during the 2021-22 academic year to provide proof of having received an authorized vaccine. University officials are “highly recommending” vaccinations for all employees and other members of the campus community.

On Monday, all residents of New Jersey over the age of 16 and people who study or work in the state became eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. More than 2.5 million New Jersey residents are fully vaccinated, and the state hopes to bring that number up to 4.7 million by the end of June.