The COVID-19 vaccine is required for Ramapo College students. We believe we must be together, we must commit to being together, and we must take every precaution and leverage every opportunity available to us to safely return the gift of togetherness to our campus. Yes, our COVID-19 testing and contact tracing strategies are working. Yes, our social distancing and de-densification strategies are working. Yes, our sanitization, face covering, and health screening strategies are working. We plan to continue all of these strategies and will strengthen them through the student vaccination requirement.
Requiring Vaccination. The American College Health Association (ACHA) advised in April 2020 that comprehensive COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective way to foster a safe, robust on-campus experience and we have indeed been buoyed by the expanded eligibility and increased availability of vaccines in New Jersey and our neighboring states. Please be advised:
- Our College’s immunization practices will continue to allow for religious and medical exemptions.
- It is the college’s recommendation that all students receive the COVID-19 booster when eligible.
- Residential and commuter students will need to show proof that they have completed the final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine (second dose of a 2-dose COVID-19 vaccine or single dose of a 1-dose COVID-19 vaccine).
Moving Through and Forward. More details and a FAQ about the vaccine requirement (including how and when students can secure and submit proof of vaccination) are found below. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
All questions about the vaccine requirement at Ramapo can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Student Immunization Policy and Procedure
COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemption Form (PDF)
Different COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC Resource)
Will Ramapo require the COVID-19 vaccination for students?
Yes, Ramapo will require all students to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated before they can register for in-person or hybrid courses. Fully vaccinated is defined by the CDC as the completion of “two weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single-dose J&J/Janssen vaccine.” This is not the same as being up to date.
Is Ramapo College requiring the COVID-19 booster?
The college is strongly recommending, but not requiring, the COVID-19 booster for those who are eligible. The CDC has a helpful graphic to show when you are eligible to receive the booster. The COVID-19 booster is an important way to increase your body’s immune response to COVID-19. This decreases your likelihood of becoming very sick with COVID-19 and it also decreases your chances of spreading it to others, especially those more vulnerable. If you have received the booster, it is recommended that you submit documentation to email@example.com.
Is Ramapo Requiring a 3rd Dose of the Vaccine?
People who are moderately to severely immunosuppressed are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Everyone, including immunocompromised people, should receive a COVID-19 vaccine primary series if they are 5 years and older as soon as possible. After completing a primary series, some moderately or severely immunocompromised people should get an additional 3rd primary dose which is given 28 days after a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. No additional primary doses are recommended if you received the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine. This 3rd dose is in addition to a booster vaccine which is also recommended.
What is the deadline for students to submit proof of vaccination?
All students, both full-time and part-time, must be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the Fall 2022 semester. Documentation must be submitted by August 1, 2022.
What is required for proof of full vaccination?
- A completed CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card; or
- Or a medical record signed by a licensed health care provider indicating the vaccine name and dates of administration.
- Internationally administered vaccines must submit documentation of the dates and the name of the COVID-19 vaccine signed by a licensed healthcare provider. This documentation must be provided through your medical provider and translated to English.
How can I submit my vaccination records?
Currently, students can fax, mail or upload a copy of an approved vaccination record (as described above) to Health Services via firstname.lastname@example.org
What If I Lost My Vaccine Card? What is the Docket App?
If you were vaccinated in NJ, you can obtain a copy of your vaccine card through the NJ Immunization Information System. The Docket App is an app from the NJ Department of Health that makes it easier for you and your family to securely access your COVID-19 vaccination record. If you don’t have your vaccination card with you or lost it, you can easily access your record through the app to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as needed.
Will there be exemptions to the vaccine requirements?
- Yes, students will be able to apply for a medical and/or religious exemption following the same procedure that exists for other immunization requirements. Students in this category should contact Health Services to learn more about the process.
- Students requesting an exemption for religious reasons will be required to submit a written statement, signed by the student or signed by a parent or legal guardian if the student is a minor, explaining how immunization conflicts with the student’s religious beliefs. A religious exemption is not the same as a philosophical, moral, or conscientious exemption. Students requesting an exemption for medical reasons will be required to submit a statement from a doctor or advanced practice nurse explaining the medical contraindication and the time period for which the exemption is being requested. Medical exemptions are reviewed annually.
- Further, only students that are enrolled in fully on-line degree programs will not need to provide proof of vaccine compliance. Ramapo 2+2 BSW students attending classes in person on the PCCC campus must abide by Ramapo’s vaccine requirements. However, students enrolled in any of the 3+1 Ramapo @ PCCC program options who are in their third year of courses at Passaic should follow Passaic’s vaccine policy.
If I am enrolled in fully remote/virtual courses, but want to engage in student activities, athletics, academic clubs/organization and other on-campus activities, will I need the vaccine?
Students planning to be on Ramapo’s campus in any physical capacity must meet the vaccine requirement.
I had Covid-19, do I still need to be vaccinated?
I have antibodies, do I still need to be vaccinated?
For additional information, please refer to the CDC website.
Does it matter what vaccine I receive?
No. All of the vaccines prevent severe disease and death by teaching the immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Four COVID-19 vaccines are currently approved by the CDC for distribution and use in the US: Pfizer, Moderna, Janseen/Johnson&Johnson, and Novavax.
What if I cannot afford the vaccine?
The federal government is covering the cost of the vaccine so there should be no out of pocket expense for students.
Where can I receive a vaccine?
- Students and employees are encouraged to pursue vaccination opportunities in their home communities. Locations where vaccinations are offered can be found on the NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder
- The College will serve as a vaccine site. Details and dates of vaccine and booster clinics can be found on the Vaccine Clinic webpage
Will I be able to register for Fall courses before completing the vaccination process?
In order to register for in person courses in Fall 2022, students must be in compliance with the COVID-19 vaccine policy (please know our online course offerings will return to pre-pandemic levels for the Fall 2022 semester).
If I am vaccinated, do I need to participate in any college mandated testing processes?
Not at this time (subject to change if the pandemic conditions change).
How can Ramapo require students to be vaccinated, when the FDA has approved the vaccines for emergency use only?
Ramapo joins a number of public and private New Jersey colleges that are requiring the vaccine. The decision has been reviewed thoroughly by the General Counsel and has been advanced by the American College Health Association which includes more than 700 institutions nationwide.
I have a question. Where do I submit it?
All questions about the vaccine requirement at Ramapo can be directed to email@example.com which will be answered by a Ramapo College staff member.
Will receiving the vaccine make me safer from COVID-19?
According to the CDC, the available vaccines are all safe and effective, and studies have shown they prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html for information.
Why should I get vaccinated?
- According to the CDC, the vaccines are all safe and effective, and studies have shown they prevent severe illness and death from the virus. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html for more information.
- Vaccines also help protect those who are immunocompromised and those who physiologically can not get the vaccine.
What does this requirement mean to campus life?
- This requirement will help the College return to a more populated and active life on our beautiful campus.
- Classes will be held in person with any social distancing and occupancy restrictions that are in effect at that time. This means that classrooms and in-person attendance may be rotated.
- The residence halls will reopen with multiple occupancy (doubles, suites, apartments) in addition to singles. We will continue to reserve apartments in the College Park Apartments and The Village for isolation/quarantine accommodations, as needed.
- Dining options will expand in alignment with social distancing rules and other protocols for indoor dining.
- We look forward to the robust re-emergence of all varsity athletics, recreation and intramural options, most student club and organization activities, and student activities and programming consistent with social distancing and state occupancy limits.
With students being vaccinated, can resident students have roommates?
Yes. The Office of Residence Life is planning to offer double occupancy rooms and students will be able to have roommates.
What if I am an international student or student arriving from an international location and can not get vaccinated before arriving in the US, will I still be able to check into housing?
Yes, however you will be required to quarantine until you are able to get fully vaccinated
What if I am an international student or student arriving from an international location and have received the AstraZeneca vaccine, will I need to be re-vaccinated?
Although the AstraZeneca vaccine is not currently approved for use in the US, since the World Health Organization has approved its use, the FDA has indicated that any individual that has received both doses of the vaccine and are considered fully vaccinated, would not need to be re-vaccinated by an FDA approved vaccine. However, if an international student or student arriving from an international location is only partially vaccinated, they would need to start new doses upon arrival to the US.
If I am an international student or student arriving from an international location, will you accept vaccination proof from outside the U.S.?
This documentation must be provided through your medical provider and translated to English.
I am participating in courses virtually, and I have a fieldwork (e.g., internship, co-op, etc.) experience off-campus. Do I need to be vaccinated?
The COVID-19 vaccine is not required for students who are virtual learners and will not have an on-campus presence. However, if you have an internship, co-op, field experience, clinical, etc., you are required to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine policies of that location.