Rider University to require students to get COVID-19 vaccine for fall semester

Rider University officials announced on Thursday that all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the school for the fall 2021 semester will have to be vaccinated for COVID-19.
Students must provide proof of full vaccination by Aug. 1. There will be limited exceptions, according to the university.
“Requiring student immunization will help us achieve our first priority, which is protecting the health and safety of our campus community,” Rider President Gregory Dell’Omo said in a statement.
The president also said that requiring vaccination will enable to school to “return to a campus experience that more closely resembles what students expected before the pandemic.”
Rider University is the latest New Jersey institute to require students to be vaccinated. Other schools include Rutgers, Princeton, and Montclair state, among others.