Brown is committed to providing up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccination and resources to help the community understand this important next step in addressing the global pandemic. The wider and faster the vaccine is distributed and utilized in the Providence and Rhode Island communities, the sooner more normal operations will return to the Brown University campus.
Currently, two COVID-19 vaccines — one made by Pfizer-BioNTech and one by Moderna — have been authorized for emergency use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration, and more are in development. Both approved vaccines require two doses, and have been shown to be 95% effective in preventing symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 and in preventing severe disease.
The vaccines are authorized for individuals over the age of 16 (Pfizer) and over the age of 18 (Moderna). Neither vaccine carries a live virus. You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.