To: Stevens Students
From: Marybeth Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Date: April 9, 2021
Subject: Health Advisory: NJ COVID-19 Eligibility Expands on April 19; How to Submit Documentation of Vaccination; Information for Fully Vaccinated Students and Weekly COVID-19 Testing
As you know, COVID-19 vaccines are becoming more widely available and as of April 19, everyone in New Jersey age 16 or older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Consistent with public health officials’ recommendations and guidance including from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the State of New Jersey, Stevens strongly encourages and expects that all employees, students, and other members of the Stevens community who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will do so as soon as it is safe and possible.
The CDC has emphasized the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines and their effectiveness in preventing the transmission of COVID-19. The State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 Vaccine website, available here, provides up-to-date, current information about vaccine efficacy and safety information, vaccination eligibility, where and how to get vaccinated, and answers to other frequently asked questions.
The benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination to individuals include prevention of serious illness, hospitalization, and death from the virus. The benefits to our community include curbing, if not stopping the current pandemic, protection for those who are unable to receive the vaccine, and a path forward to returning to a vibrant, more typical campus life.
Registration for the Vaccine
Students can register for a vaccine through a local entity if the student is not residing on or near campus. The NJ Vaccine Scheduling System is available here. The State of New York has provided information to determine if you are eligible and to schedule an appointment for the vaccine; check here. The City of Hoboken has launched a pre-registration process for those currently eligible for the vaccine. More information and registration are available here. Jersey City has provided a website with vaccine information for its residents, located here.
Providing A Record of Vaccine to Student Health Services
Stevens Student Health Services is collecting evidence of vaccination from students so that Stevens can remain informed about the health and welfare of its community, make informed decisions concerning the densification of the campus, and determine who must still be tested weekly for COVID-19.
All students who have received both the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should promptly submit evidence of the vaccination (a photo of the CDC-issued vaccination card), including the vaccination date(s) and vaccine name, to the Student Health Services through Workday Student. For instructions on how to submit your documents, please click on this link.
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 students’ vaccination status with anyone except those who need to know for purposes of contact tracing.
Fully Vaccinated Students Exempt from Weekly COVID-19 Testing
After receiving guidance from our health advisor, Hackensack Meridian Health, Stevens will no longer require that fully vaccinated students participate in weekly COVID-19 testing except for Tier 1 student-athletes and Athletics staff.
To be exempt from weekly testing, fully vaccinated students must submit documentation of their vaccination to Student Health Services as described above.
Stevens is following CDC guidance to determine the definition of fully vaccinated for each type of vaccine. Based on this guidance, fully vaccinated means:
- 2 weeks after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
Fully vaccinated students must continue to follow all other COVID-19 prevention guidelines on campus, including:
- Wearing a mask
- Engaging in social distancing
- Regularly checking Stevens’ COVID-19 website for updated guidance and information.
- Adhering to Stevens Health Honor Code
Fully vaccinated students who have been testing weekly on-campus and have scheduled appointments should cancel their remaining testing appointments.
No Retaliation, Harassment, or Discrimination
Stevens prohibits any form of discipline, reprisal, intimidation, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of (a) anyone’s vaccination status and (b) reporting a health and safety concern, including concerning infection control and prevention related to COVID-19. As a reminder, students may report any concerns about these issues to Student Affairs, the University’s EthicsPoint Compliance Hotline at (855) 277-4065, or on the EthicsPoint website.
All Questions about Stevens’ COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines Should be Directed to Student Affairs
Government and public health guidelines and restrictions and higher education best practices regarding COVID-19 vaccinations are changing rapidly as new information becomes available. Stevens will continue to review new information and modify guidance and policies concerning the COVID-19 vaccine on an ongoing basis.
If you have any questions about this guidance, please contact Student Affairs at [email protected].