Vaccination required or recommended?

Vaccination required or recommended?


Dear University community,

As more colleges and universities announce COVID-19 vaccination requirements for the fall semester, questions are arising about Rowan University’s position on the matter. 

We continue to focus on health and safety education and access. As soon as vaccines became available, Rowan University opened New Jersey’s first public COVID-19 vaccination site. As of today, Rowan clinicians and volunteers have vaccinated more than 45,000 people at our Rowan Medicine site in Stratford. It has been a point of pride, particularly, to care for underserved communities and special populations throughout South Jersey.

Of course, our own public health and infectious disease experts strongly recommend to everyone all three vaccines that have been approved for emergency use. Research assures us that a high vaccination rate, combined with public health measures, will help end this pandemic.

However, we’re also sensitive to those who are hesitant about getting a vaccine that hasn’t received full FDA approval and we’re acutely aware of the vaccine access issues that continue to impact many communities. For now, the University will continue to follow state and federal guidelines, which have not yet required proof of vaccination for such activities as traveling or a return to in-person work or learning. 

We’ll continue to weigh our response as new guidance develops and will continue to assist those communities struggling with access issues to get vaccinated.

In the meantime, we thank you for continuing to do everything you can to keep one another safe and urge you to get your vaccine as soon as possible. It’s easier now than ever before. In New Jersey, everyone age 16 and older is eligible for a free vaccination. The Gloucester County Mega Site now accepts walk-ins Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Rowan College of South Jersey, 1400 Tanyard Rd., Sewell, N.J. 08080. The Office of the Dean of Students is providing transportation to those students who need it.

You can also find appointments at the Rowan Medicine COVID-19 Vaccination Center or use New Jersey’s vaccine appointment finder to find a vaccine appointment near you.

Very truly yours,


Tony Lowman, Ph.D. 



Terri Drye

Vice President/Chief Human Resource Officer


Kevin S. Koett, Ed.D.

Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students

Contact Information:

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