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Boosters Required at More NJ Colleges: See updated list

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NEW JERSEY — More colleges across New Jersey are asking students and staff to provide proof of a booster vaccine as COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide.

Eleven public and private colleges have announced requirements for booster admissions — with Montclair State University and Ramapo College joining the list on Tuesday.

“As the number of COVID-19 cases increases both on campus and across New Jersey, the university is closely monitoring the situation and continues to follow state and federal guidelines and consult with our on-campus experts,” Montclair administrators said. “We will need booster shots and follow the strategies that science has shown work to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.”

Here is a full list of colleges with booster mandates as of Friday, January 14:

  • Princeton University
  • Rutgers University
  • Drew University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • University of St. Peter
  • Caldwell University
  • University of Saint Elizabeth
  • Felician University
  • Montclair State University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey

The booster mandate at Ramapo College comes after some college staff began remote operations after their winter break ended in preparation for students returning to campus on Jan. 17. Remote operations began on January 3rd and will end on Tuesday. Continue reading: Ramapo College will work remotely after returning from winter break

Princeton University and Stevens Institute of Technology were among the first colleges to establish the requirement for eligible students in December following the advent of the Omicron variant.

“The booster vaccine is important as public health experts are beginning to see reduced protection from the starting doses of the COVID-19 vaccines,” Stevens officials said. “Experts are confident that booster shots will enhance the immune response and provide further protection against the virus, preventing serious illness and hospitalizations.”

On Monday, New Jersey State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said the health department expects the omicron surge to peak in the next few weeks.

“We think we’re going to have high readings for a couple of weeks,” Persichilli said during Gov. Phil Murphy’s news conference on Monday. “Again, this is a prediction based on assumptions.”

Persichilli added the state expects 20,000 to 30,000 cases daily for the month of January. She said the models change every day.

On average over the past week, more than 5,000 New Jersey residents were hospitalized on any given day, the highest number of people hospitalized since May 2020.

Continue reading: COVID surge could peak in NJ this month, health officials say

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