On Monday, March 29, Dean of the Faculty Sanjeev Kulkarni and Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley sent the following memo to faculty and staff about New Jersey's expanded vaccine eligibility, which includes information about paid time off available for getting each dose of the vaccine:
On Friday, we received welcome news for all of us. Governor Phil Murphy announced a significant expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for those who live, work, or study in New Jersey. Beginning April 5, all educators, including support staff, at colleges and universities will be eligible for a vaccine. Access will expand even further May 1, the target date for vaccine eligibility for everyone 16 and older in New Jersey.
We appreciate the patience of the many faculty and staff who have been waiting since December to gain the protection and peace of mind that the vaccine offers. Please consider registering with New Jersey’s Vaccine Scheduling System if you have yet to do so. Up to three hours of paid time away from work is available to you to get each dose of the vaccine, without having to use your own paid time in the form of vacation, sick, bundled, or COVID-19 days.
This major step on the road to general vaccine eligibility brings us closer to reaching our goal of coming together as “a fully in-person residential program” of teaching, research, and extra- and co-curricular activities in the fall. More importantly, vaccination will substantially reduce the risks associated with COVID-19, though other health and safety measures are likely to remain in force for some time. Please note that all public health protocols at Princeton, including wearing face coverings and social distancing, continue to be applicable to all individuals on campus, whether or not they have received the vaccine.
If New Jersey allocates vaccines to the University, we are prepared to vaccinate members of our University community along with individuals working in the region as the state designates. At this point, however, your best course of action is to seek vaccination elsewhere. We continue to work actively with public health officials and will share more information with you as it becomes available.
We know that many questions remain unanswered as we look forward to the 2021-2022 academic year, and we invite you to stay informed by visiting Princeton’s COVID Resources webpage, including its vaccinations section, HR’s Coronavirus Resources for Employees, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty’s website.
Thank you, as always, for rising to the extraordinary challenges of the past year and for taking prompt advantage of New Jersey’s expanding vaccination program.