Princeton COVID Resources

Coming Back to Campus?

All Princeton University faculty, staff, matriculating students, and researchers will be able to access the web app and participate in the asymptomatic testing program as of Monday, August 2. Employees should still notify their department manager to make sure they are correctly captured on a departmental resumption plan, even if they are able to register a test kit.  

For more information on the testing program, email covidresumption@princeton.edu or covidtests@princeton.edu 

Campus vaccination clinics to resume in August

A nurse checks in a student at a Princeton University COVID vaccination clinic

Princeton University will resume hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus in August. The clinics, at which doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered, will be held on the following dates and times at Jadwin Gym:

  • Wednesday, August 11, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 18, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Members of the public as well as the University community are welcome to be vaccinated at the clinics. Appointments can be made through the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS).

The University will also host clinics in September at Jadwin Gym, but bookings are not yet available in NJVSS. The schedule is:

  • Wednesday, September 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking in Lot 21 located near Jadwin Gym is available for guests of the vaccine clinics. Parking Lot 21 is located off Faculty Road and can be reached via Faculty Road from either Washington Road or Harrison Street. Please note that there is construction in the area, so follow posted signs to the lot.

Contact covidvaccines@princeton.edu if any challenges in making appointments arise.

University announces further easing of COVID restrictions

In a letter to employees July 1, Princeton University announced new changes to policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter from Provost Deborah Prentice and Executive Vice President Treby Williams noted:

  • As of July 3, face coverings are no longer required on campus, indoors or outdoors.
  • Also as of July 3, social distancing is no longer required on campus, indoors or outdoors.
  • Classes are expected to be taught in-person.
  • The University remote work arrangements made in response to the pandemic will conclude by Sunday, August 29.
  • Consistent with the prevailing public health protocols, all University facilities, including classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, libraries, common spaces, and administrative and research spaces, will operate at full capacity. 
  • Campus housing will resume normal occupancy.
  • Dining halls and cafes will open with no limits on indoor dining.
  • Off-campus, student-run eating clubs will reopen.
  • Varsity and recreational sports resume within the parameters set by NCAA and the Ivy League.  Consistent with the majority of Ivy League institutions, spectators will be permitted to attend athletic competitions at Princeton, with no vaccination requirement.
  • In-person student activities will resume.
  • Conferences and events that include visitors will be permitted.

Prentice and Williams reminded the campus community that August 1 is the deadline for students, faculty and staff to receive the final dose of COVID vaccination.

Further information on various aspects of campus operations are detailed in other sections of this website.

VacStatus Instructional Resources

VacStatus Upload Tile and Link

For employees who may have challenges uploading information in VacStatus, a How to Use VacStatus poster (available for download) and short video from EHS provide step-by-step instructions. 

On-Site Support

On-site technical support is available every non-holiday weekday at the University Testing Clinic, Caldwell Field House, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Full hours and location are available on the testing clinic information page

Be sure to have a clear, unobstructed photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination Card or bring the actual card with you.

Note:  Employees who have not updated VacStatus by July 1 will lose access to campus buildings and may face disciplinary action.

Faculty and staff required to be vaccinated and report status

Princeton University will require that all faculty, staff, researchers, appointed visiting faculty and researchers, temporary employees, and independent contractors (i.e., individuals working alongside with or providing services to students and employees) receive and provide proof of having received a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or World Health Organization.

The requirement applies to employees and others routinely working on campus or in property occupied by the University.

Vaccine info box highlighting important deadlines and vaccine FAQs.

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All employees (defined as the groups listed above) who will be on campus this fall must receive the final dose of their chosen vaccine no later than August 1.

Employees must receive a COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of having received their final dose of the vaccine (second dose for two-dose vaccine or one dose for single dose vaccine). Employees should submit their vaccine information via the University’s VacStatus tool.

For the latest updates and more information on approved vaccines, please visit the University Health Services website.

Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (i.e., an exemption) to this requirement by completing and submitting the COVID-19 Vaccine Accommodation Request form found at the VacStatus link. Individuals who are granted accommodations will be required to comply with applicable workplace restrictions, including the wearing of face coverings and social distancing indoors and participating in more frequent asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.

For technical questions about using VacStatus, consultants at the OIT Support and Operations Center (SOC) are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT, seven days a week at 609-258-4357 (8-HELP), helpdesk@princeton.edu, and via online chat.

For non-technical questions, go the vaccinations FAQ or contact University Health Services.

The University highly recommends vaccinations for all employees and encourages registration in the State of New Jersey's Vaccine Scheduling System.

COVID Dashboard

The University's COVID-19 dashboard provides daily reports on employees (faculty and staff) whose final vaccination doses have been verified, and weekly updates of positive cases reported by University Health Services from asymptomatic and symptomatic testing as well as isolation and quarantine reports. Daily reports are typically updated by 10 a.m., weekly reports by 5 p.m. on Monday.

Princeton University COVID Connector

Questions related to health and safety policies, campus housing, student accounts and dining facilities can be directed to the COVID Connector telephone support line, 609-258-7000