NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (CBS) – Rutgers University is requiring students enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. The decision comes after assurances from the federal government that the vaccine will be available to all Americans by the end of May.

“We are committed to the health and safety of all members of our community. When we add COVID-19 vaccination to our student vaccination requirements, we can provide our students with a safer, more robust college experience,” said Jonathan Holloway, president of Rutgers.

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Students can request a vaccination waiver for medical or religious reasons.

Any student enrolling in a completely remote online degree program and individuals who only enroll in online continuing education programs are not required to receive the vaccine.

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“Since the pandemic began, we’ve said the safety of the Rutgers community is a shared responsibility,” said Antonio Calcado, Rutgers executive vice president and chief operating officer. “An effective vaccination program is a continuation of Rutger’s commitment to health and safety for all members of our 71,000+ student community, the cities we live in and the communities we serve across New Jersey.”

Rutgers has received approval from the state of New Jersey to provide vaccines to vaccines, employees and students on campus as soon as vaccines become available. More information will be released at a later date.

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“We urge all members of our community to pre-register for the vaccine on the state COVID-19 website to get vaccinated at the earliest possible time and in the first place available,” said Brian Strom, Chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and Executive Vice President for Health at Rutgers.