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To: Stevens Faculty and Staff
From: Warren Petty, Vice President for Human Resources
Date: March 26, 2021   
Subject: Higher Education Faculty/Staff to Become Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine 4/5/2021

Earlier today, Governor Murphy announced that higher education faculty and staff will become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning on Monday, April 5. This expansion will also cover librarians and support staff at municipal, county and state libraries, as well as New Jerseyans aged 55 and older.

As the Governor indicated, May 1 is the target date for opening eligibility for everyone in New Jersey aged 16 and older who lives, works or studies in our state, given anticipated increases in New Jersey’s federal vaccine allocations in the coming weeks.

Beginning Monday, April 5, the following groups are eligible for vaccination:

  • Individuals ages 55-64
  • Individuals ages 16 and up with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Educators, including support staff, in higher education settings
  • Communications infrastructure support, including engineers, and technicians, and members of the press
  • Real estate, building, and home service workers, including construction workers, code officials, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, property management, and maintenance workers
  • Retail financial institution workers, including bank tellers, lending services, public accounting, and check-cashing workers
  • Sanitation workers providing disinfection and janitorial services, city sanitation workers; residential, commercial, and industrial solid and hazardous waste removal workers
  • Laundry service workers, including those working in laundromats, laundry services, and dry cleaners
  • Utility workers including, electrical generation and supply system, natural gas delivery, nuclear power plant, water supply, telephone, cable/fiber/optical/broadband/cellular service workers
  • Librarians and support staff at municipal, county, and state libraries

For more information about eligibility, statewide vaccination site locations, and to preregister for a vaccination, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.

To view the press release announcing this eligibility expansion, please visit: https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562021/approved/20210326b.shtml.

Providing A Record of COVID-19 Vaccine

The Division of Human Resources is collecting evidence of vaccination from employees so that Stevens can remain informed about the health and welfare of its community and make informed decisions concerning the densification of the campus. 

All faculty and staff who have received both the first and second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should promptly submit evidence of the vaccination (such as a CDC-issued vaccination card), including the vaccination date(s) and vaccine name, to the Division of Human Resources through Workday. For instructions on how to submit your documents, please click on this link. Stevens will keep individuals’ vaccination information confidential. Stevens will not share information about employees’ vaccination status with anyone except those who need to know for purposes of contact tracing. 

No one will be asked to provide, and no one should provide, any medical or genetic information with their proof of vaccination. Stevens will keep individuals’ vaccination information confidential. Stevens will not share information about employees’ vaccination status with anyone except those who need to know for purposes of contact tracing.

Vaccinated Employees Must Continue to Follow All COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines, Policies, and Procedures on Campus

COVID-19 vaccination is a critical component of Stevens’ efforts to support a safe and healthy campus and reduce COVID-19 transmission which is in addition to, and not a replacement for, other COVID-19 mitigation efforts on campus. According to the CDC, it is not yet known whether the vaccine is effective in preventing people who have been vaccinated from spreading the virus to others. Therefore, after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, all employees must continue to follow all COVID-19 prevention guidelines on campus, including:

  • Wearing a mask
  • Engaging in social distancing
  • Weekly COVID-19 testing
  • Regularly checking Stevens’ COVID-19 website for updated guidance and information

If you have any questions about this guidance, please contact the Division of Human Resources at [email protected].