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COVID-19 Vaccinations

UPDATE: Governor Murphy has announced that all New Jersey residents aged 16 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 19.

On April 5, vaccine eligibility was expanded to include all educators and staff at institutions of higher education.

We encourage all faculty and staff to register at and take any opportunity to get vaccinated.

If the state allocates vaccines to the University, Princeton stands ready to vaccinate members of the University community. The University is working with the state and more information will be forthcoming.

The University will notify the community if and when COVID-19 vaccine doses become available on campus.

University Vaccine Supply

The University has not yet received doses of vaccine from the New Jersey Department of Health to distribute in an on-campus clinic. It is unclear when the University will be able to host vaccine clinics on campus..

Types of COVID-19 Vaccine Available

The University will offer the vaccine provided by the New Jersey Department of Health. We do not know at this time which of the approved vaccines will be provided. For more information about specific COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

Vaccine Eligibility

The University is prepared to host vaccine clinics on our campus, and is working with state and local officials to determine how and when such clinics will fit into the State’s vaccine distribution strategy. One possibility is that the University would host public clinics at which members within and outside the University community who are currently eligible and meet the criteria established by the authorities would be able to be vaccinated.

It is also possible the University may be designated a "closed" clinic for University community members who, according to the state, are eligible to be vaccinated.

If a "closed" clinic is allowed, the following members of the University community meeting the state requirements would be eligible for vaccination at no charge: Actively enrolled undergraduate and graduate students; faculty, faculty on leave, emeritus faculty and visiting research scholars; full-time, part-time, regular- and term-appointed staff and casual-hourly employees; retirees; and volunteer docents and coaches.

Also eligible for free vaccination at closed campus clinics as authorized by the state would be immediate members of the households of graduate students; faculty, visiting research scholars, faculty on leave, emeritus and retired faculty and their widows or widowers; full-time, part-time, regular- and term-appointed staff and casual-hourly employees; retirees, their widows and widowers; and volunteer docents and coaches. Immediate household members are individuals who share a common residence with the student, faculty, staff member, etc.

Following University protocols for administration of flu shots, staff and members of their households at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) are eligible, as are staff and household members of these affiliated groups: Labyrinth Books, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton University Press, Princeton University Store, ROTC, U League and U-NOW day care center.

University contractors who are enrolled in the asymptomatic COVID testing program and members of their households are eligible to be vaccinated on campus. These include Restaurant Associates, TigerTransit drivers, Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers, and others. University chaplains and Hillel are also eligible, including household members.

Age Requirements

Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals age 16 and over, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for individuals age 18 and over.

Other Vaccination Sites

Princeton University currently has no vaccine to administer and no clear timeline for when vaccine may be available on campus.

Thus, the University urges all members of its community not to wait and to register with the State in order to get vaccinated as soon as possible, wherever you can, if you have not done so already.


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