Whereas the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose a threat to the health and safety of everyone at Rutgers,
Whereas this threat can be alleviated by universal vaccination against the virus,
Be it resolved, the AAUP-AFT Executive Council makes the following statement concerning vaccination of those we represent:
We welcome the announcement that Rutgers students will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the beginning of the forthcoming fall semester in order to live on campus or attend classes in person. We endorse a similar requirement for full-time faculty, postdocs, and graduate workers represented by our union in order to work on campus, provided all legal and medical exemptions are recognized and accommodated, and enough vaccine is available far enough in advance.
We also call more broadly upon all members of the community to be fully vaccinated within this timeframe, and we reiterate our support for all efforts to make the vaccine as widely available as possible at Rutgers and throughout the communities we serve. We call upon Rutgers to take all necessary steps to this effect.