Starting July 1, 2021, and for the entirety of Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022), Brown is requiring the COVID-19 vaccines for all employees. This requirement applies to faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, visiting researchers, lecturers, and seasonal and intermittent staff, full- and part-time working at any Brown owned, leased or managed premises and/or engaging in any in-person work with other Brown employees, students or visitors. Medical and religious exemptions will be granted and reasonable accommodations provided under applicable law. Employees should review the Vaccination FAQs for more information about exemptions and accommodations.
Starting no later than the Fall 2021 semester, Brown is requiring COVID-19 vaccines for all students who will be on campus or engage in any level of in-person instruction, whether in the U.S. or abroad. In addition, we are also requiring all Brown students who are engaged in on-campus activities this summer (education, jobs, research, or engaging in any in-person education or work with other Brown employees, students, or visitors) to receive the final dose of their COVID-19 vaccine by July 1, 2021.
For students, given the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Rhode Island, this is an acceleration of the timeline communicated in April that called for all students to be vaccinated by the fall semester. The earlier July 1 deadline is now achievable for students who are engaged in on-campus activities this summer. 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.
As noted above, three COVID-19 vaccinations have been granted Emergency Use Authorization to date by the FDA: Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Documentation of any of the three will be acceptable for employees to fully satisfy the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. In addition, for those who may be receiving vaccinations outside of the U.S., the University will accept documentation of COVID-19 vaccines for which the World Health Organization has issued an Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL).
Pursuant to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals who have received a WHO EUL vaccine do not need to receive additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who are partially vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine series of doses authorized for emergency use by WHO may be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series of one or two doses (after at least 28 days have passed since their last vaccine dose). Individuals who completed or partially completed a COVID-19 vaccine series with a vaccine that is not authorized by FDA or not authorized for emergency use by WHO may be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine (at least 28 days after their last dose).
Visit the Verify Your Vaccination page for step-by-step instructions for submitting documentation of vaccination. The process is fast and can be done in minutes.