Rutgers hosts COVID-19 vaccine clinics on campus; Rowan offers monetary incentives

Rutgers University will have vaccine clinics on all three of its campuses for students.

News 12 Staff

May 7, 2021, 2:58 AM

Updated 1,107 days ago

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Rutgers University will require all students to get the COVID-19 vaccine before the start of the fall semester - and now they have come up with an easy way to make it happen by opening vaccination sites at all three campuses.
The clinic on the Piscataway campus is inside the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. The plan is to have it open five days per week.
It’s the convenience that the students say is attractive to those who don’t yet have the shot.
“At any point if you’re working on experiments, you just leave the lab and get vaccinated and come back,” says student Sergio Crespo.
Students also say that they will feel safer if most students having the vaccine.
“It’s safe. It will allow students to have a freer experience, and it’ll also protect our faculty,” says Rutgers medical student Valeriya Gershteyn.
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Rutgers was the first University in New Jersey to require students have the COVID-19 vaccine if they want to return to life on campus, which includes living in dorms and learning in the classroom.
“It’s no different than when we had the meningitis outbreak and to live on campus you had to have the meningitis B vaccine. It makes sense,” says Gershteyn.
Students will be able to choose if they want Moderna, Pfizer or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
While some other colleges in New Jersey, including Princeton and Kean, have now followed Rutgers lead and mandated the vaccine, Rowan University is stepping-up with an incentive. That school will offer a $500 credit toward course registration and students will get an extra $500 for housing if they live on campus.
Rutgers is also providing clinics at Newark and Camden campuses. All vaccination will be by appointment only.


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