Distribution of the vaccine in the U.S. is currently controlled and managed by federal and state agencies. While Brown has offered to support the state of Rhode Island’s distribution efforts, the University does not have a direct role in providing or distributing the vaccine at this time. That may change as the vaccine becomes more readily available, but we currently are focusing our efforts on education and advocacy to promote vaccine adoption.
Effective Monday, April 19, all individuals 16 years of age and older who live, work or study in Rhode Island are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost and with no requirement for insurance. Please see the Vaccine Availability and Eligibility page for more details.
Consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Rhode Island Department of Health, once you have received any COVID-19 vaccine, you do not need to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 or traveling to Rhode Island from out-of-state if you meet all of the following criteria:
- you received, at least 14 days before your last exposure or out-of-state travel, a final vaccine dose that is either FDA-approved or received an Emergency Use Authorization;
- it has been less than 90 days since your final vaccine dose; and
- you haven’t had symptoms of COVID-19 since your last exposure or out-of-state travel.
Fall Vaccination Requirement for Students
Starting in the Fall 2021 semester, Brown will require COVID-19 vaccines for all undergraduate, graduate and medical students who will be on campus or engage in any level of in-person instruction. Medical and religious exemptions from vaccination will be granted to students, and reasonable accommodations will be provided (as determined by applicable law). Undergraduate and graduate students who are not vaccinated and do not qualify for a medical or religious exemption will not be permitted to access campus and will need to either petition to study remotely from their permanent residence or take a leave of absence. Medical students who are not vaccinated will receive information specific to the circumstances of medical education from the Warren Alpert Medical School administration.
Further information regarding the implementation of these vaccination requirements, including the process for providing vaccination documentation and requesting exemptions, will be provided to students during Summer 2021 by University Health Services. Students and their families should consult their local resources for availability and procedures for getting vaccinated.
Brown’s COVID-19 Vaccine Working Group continues to assess whether vaccination against COVID-19 should be mandatory for employees. The group will provide a recommendation to the University's senior administration by June 1, and policies and protocols will be based on the best scientific evidence. Similar to the policy for students, if Brown decides to make the vaccine mandatory for employees, medical and religious exemptions will be granted and reasonable accommodations will be provided under applicable law.