Rutgers will require COVID-19 vaccination for students, with some exemptions

It’s the first college in the country to do so

Rutgers University this week became the first college in the country to announce it will require all students who want to return to campus classes and dorms in the fall to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with some exemptions allowed.

Epidemiologist Stephanie Silvera of Montclair State University said she hopes other universities follow suit. “Right now what we know is adults age 20 to about 49 are the ones that have had the highest transmission rates. So it certainly makes sense to have the students vaccinated particularly if they’re living in a communal living setting,” Silvera said.

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