To: Stevens Students, Faculty and Staff Members
From: Louis Mayer, CFO, Vice President for Finance, and Treasurer and Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: October 26, 2021
Subject: Health Advisory: COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters; Thanksgiving Travel; Spring 2022 Semester; Visitors to Campus; On-Campus Testing; Stevens COVID-19 Cases
COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters: Recent Updates
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated their guidance for COVID-19 boosters and eligibility. Those who received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and who are 65 or older, adults with underlying medical conditions, and adults at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their job (including educators and administrators at educational institutions) are now eligible for a booster vaccine and should get one, if it has been at least six months since your second shot. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two or more months ago are eligible and should also receive a booster vaccine.
Eligible vaccinated individuals are permitted to choose which of the three approved vaccines they receive as a booster dose.
Stevens students, staff and faculty who meet these criteria should get their booster vaccines as soon as possible in order to comply with Stevens’ vaccine requirement. Vaccine appointments can be made at any existing vaccination location without a prescription.
While Stevens has not imposed any travel restrictions, we ask that all members of the campus community take appropriate precautions when traveling for the holidays. If you are leaving the local area, please pay special attention to any and all State Department, CDC and local guidelines both at your destination and for your return to New Jersey. If you are exposed to COVID-19 during your travel, please follow the protocols outlined on Stevens’ COVID-19 website.
Spring Semester Planning
At this time, the university expects to follow the planned academic calendar for the Spring 2022 semester. The Pandemic Recovery Team will be reviewing all guidelines and providing updates to any operating practices as we near the end of the Fall semester.
Visitors to Campus
All members of the Stevens community who host visitors to campus or in connection with any Stevens program or activity are reminded that they are responsible for enforcing compliance with Stevens’ health and safety protocols regarding masking.
On-Campus COVID-19 Testing Information
Weekly COVID-19 testing takes place on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Corcoran Room on the first floor of Gateway North. Any student, faculty or staff coming to campus who is exempt from the vaccine requirement or who is not yet fully vaccinated must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. On-campus students, faculty and staff will be randomly selected to participate in weekly testing throughout the fall semester. Read more and register for a weekly test.
Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms, Exposure or Positive Test Results
If any student, faculty or staff member experiences COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive for COVID-19, or has close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19, please isolate and immediately contact Stevens Student Health Services at 201-216-5678 or [email protected].
Stevens COVID-19 Cases
Since the last email on October 19, no students or staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. Please see Stevens’ COVID-19 Dashboard for complete Fall 2021 data.
Thank you for your cooperation with and attention to this important information.