Vice President for Human Resources & Dean of the Faculty's Message to Employees Regarding July 1 Deadline to Report COVID-19 Vaccine Status

June 28, 2021

On June 28, Vice President for Human Resources Lianne Sullivan-Crowley and Dean of the Faculty Sanjeev R. Kulkarni emailed all employees the following: 

As we take every measure to ensure a healthy, safe work environment, the most important thing you can do – by Thursday, July 1 – is to upload your vaccination information to VacStatus. This is a requirement, and applies whether you have a vaccination record, intend to get a vaccine, or are requesting an accommodation. Thank you to the majority of Princeton University employees who have already done so. Please note that not uploading your vaccination information by July 1 is a disciplinary matter, given the importance of the effort to understand the vaccine status of our community and safeguard its well-being.

The University announced the faculty and staff vaccine requirement, including instructions on seeking a medical or religious exemption, on June 8. All those working on campus or other Princeton properties are required to report their vaccination status by July 1 and to be fully vaccinated by August 1, 2021 unless an accommodation has been granted for medical or religious reasons. You must complete the VacStatus requirement if you plan to be on campus regularly at any time in the 2021-2022 academic year, even if you have been working remotely. This includes all faculty, staff, researchers, appointed visiting faculty and researchers, temporary employees, and independent contractors. You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the final dose of an FDA or WHO-authorized vaccine and upon uploading evidence of vaccination to VacStatus.

If an accommodation is granted that allows you to remain unvaccinated and present at your University workplace, you will need to follow appropriate workplace measures, such as participating in frequent asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. For more information, visit COVID Resources, email, or call the COVID connector support line at (609) 258-7000.

The University is offering support to anyone having challenges completing the VacStatus requirement. You may receive in-person assistance on Tuesday, June 29 in these locations:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the MacMillan Building
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Frist Campus Center
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall at Whitman College

Additionally, help is available every day from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the COVID Testing Clinic located at Caldwell Field House.

Employees should bring a clear photo of their vaccine card or the actual card itself to in-person support sessions.

If you are unable to navigate VacStatus and cannot access in-person support, you may make an appointment online for a Zoom support session. A how-to video and poster also are available at

Please help us create the healthiest, safest environment we can to enable you to thrive in your career at Princeton and make the greatest impact on all those we serve through the University.