Vaccinations

Close-up of vaccination needle going into patient's arm

COVID-19 Vaccinations at Princeton University

At the request of the New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH), Princeton University will be one of numerous distribution points for the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the state. However, the University has not yet been allocated any COVID-19 vaccine doses to distribute.

The University is preparing to hold vaccination clinics upon receiving a supply of vaccine doses as determined by the State of New Jersey. The University will notify the community when COVID-19 vaccine doses become available on campus.

The University clinics will be available for actively enrolled undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff and retirees. Also eligible for vaccines at the campus clinics will be immediate household members of graduate students, faculty, staff and retirees.

More information will be available as the state activates its plans.

Note: The Municipality of Princeton recently held a vaccination clinic in a University building as part of the Phase 1A distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey. The clinic was run by the municipality with volunteer staff support from the University, and the vaccine doses were from the municipality’s supply.

University Vaccine Supply

The University will receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the New Jersey Department of Health when they become available. Healthcare workers and other individuals at highest risk will likely receive the vaccine before the State provides doses to the University. State and federal plans suggest that the vaccine could be available to the general public as early as April 2021. However, it is not possible to predict whether this timeline will prove accurate.

Location of University Clinics

The clinics will be located on campus. We will share information about exact locations as we schedule clinic dates.

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 developing its vaccination clinic eligibility plans in consultation with state and local officials.

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 are eligible to be vaccinated at no charge at the campus clinics.

Also eligible for free vaccination at campus clinics are immediate members of the households of 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. 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 vaccine is approved for individuals age 18 and over. Immediate household members meeting the age criteria will be eligible for free vaccination at the University clinics.

Other Vaccination Sites

Princeton University is one of several distribution sites for the COVID-19 vaccines in New Jersey. Members of the University community and their households are encouraged to get the vaccine at the site that is most convenient for them.

You may choose to receive the first dose on campus and the second at another location, or vice versa. Regardless of which site or sites you choose, be sure to retain a record of your vaccination.

 

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