Vaccine Availability and Eligibility

Brown requires all employees and all students who are engaged in on-campus activities this summer to receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by July 1, 2021. Brown also requires the COVID-19 vaccine for all students who will be on campus or engage in any level of in-person instruction for the fall semester, whether in the U.S. or abroad.

All individuals 12 years of age and older who reside in the United States are eligible to receive the vaccine. The U.S. government is providing the COVID-19 vaccine free of cost for all individuals living in the United States. In some cases, your health insurance will be billed for the cost of administering the vaccine, but not for the vaccine itself.

How to get a COVID-19 Vaccination in Rhode Island

All individuals age 12 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. There are multiple vaccination locations within walking distance or accessible by shuttle or RIPTA from campus.

Brown-Hosted Clinic (June 29)

In partnership with the Wellness Company, Brown will host an upcoming on-campus voluntary vaccination clinic for vaccine-eligible students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, June 29, from noon to 3 p.m. The Moderna vaccine will be provided. Participants in need of a second Moderna dose are welcome, as well as those beginning the vaccination process. Advance registration is required via the Vaccinate RI website.

Dunkin Donuts Center (through June 26)

The Dunkin Donuts Center vaccination clinic will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until June 26. Appointments are no longer required at most sites, but you can make one at the Vaccinate RI website. Free parking is available at the Rhode Island Convention Center North Garage. From College Hill, the Omni Express (weekdays) and the Omni/Chestnut Express (nights and weekends) shuttle routes offer frequent service and the Omni stop is a 3-minute walk from the entrance to the Dunkin Donuts Center. Shuttle routes and operating hours can be found on the Transportation Office website.

Local Pharmacy, Community Clinic or Hospital

Several nearby locations are offering the vaccine and are within walking distance from campus or near a shuttle line. 

You no longer need an appointment to get vaccinated at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Stop & Shop pharmacy locations. More information about those options can be found on the Rhode Island Department of Health website. Nearby locations include:

Miriam Hospital (164 Summit Avenue) and community clinics, Billy Taylor Park (124 Camp Street), Mt. Hope Community Center (199 Camp Street), and Coastal Medical - Hillside (727 East Avenue #2) are also providing vaccinations.

Vaccination Clinics in the Greater Rhode Island Area (RIPTA-accessible)
Many cities and towns in Rhode Island are operating local and regional vaccine sites as well. The state’s vaccine locator map includes these sites, and many are accessible by RIPTA which is free with your Brown ID. Providence residents can find information about vaccine sites available to them on the City of Providence’s vaccine information website. Additional resources and information can be found on RIDOH’s COVID-19 vaccination page.

For International Students

Vaccination Guidelines and Rules for Vaccine Interchangeability

For international students vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines not authorized in the U.S., Brown has established requirements for accepting international vaccinations that closely follow CDC guidelines, as well as protocols for interchangeability of vaccines. Students do not need to arrange their travel to campus around vaccination or revaccination plans and will be able to schedule vaccination upon their arrival.

At this time, the following guidelines for receiving international vaccinations apply to all students who will be on Brown campus or participating in a Brown-administered program:

  • Students fully vaccinated with WHO-Emergency Use Listing (EUL) vaccines are not required to get EUA/FDA-authorized vaccines here in the U.S. but are eligible for revaccination. The revaccination must be scheduled at least 28 days after the last WHO-EUL dose. Students vaccinated with WHO-EUL vaccines will be considered fully vaccinated by CDC standards and in compliance with the University's vaccination requirement.
  • Those who have not been fully WHO-EUL vaccinated or are unvaccinated (due to exemption or still completing the vaccination series) may have to wear a mask and follow other safety requirements as determined by University Health Services. Those who started the series with WHO-EUL vaccines but have not finished can get revaccinated in Rhode Island 28 days after their last dose.
  • Students who started or completed the series with a non-WHO or non-EUA/FDA-authorized vaccine will be offered revaccination with EUA/FDA authorized vaccine after 28 days.
  • Those unable to be vaccinated in their current country will be able to get vaccinated when they arrive in Rhode Island. Students are not expected to arrive early to receive the vaccination. They may have to wear a mask and follow other safety requirements as determined by University Health Services until fully vaccinated.

For International Faculty and Staff

Vaccination Guidelines and Rules for Vaccine Interchangeability

Brown has established requirements for accepting international vaccinations that closely follow CDC guidelines regarding those vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines not authorized in the U.S. and interchangeability of vaccines. Faculty and Staff do not need to arrange their travel to campus around vaccination or revaccination plans, and will be able to schedule vaccination upon their arrival.

At this time, the following guidelines apply to Brown Faculty and Staff receiving international vaccinations:

  • Those fully vaccinated with WHO-Emergency Use Listing (EUL) vaccines are not required to get EUA/FDA-authorized vaccines here in the U.S., but are eligible for revaccination. The revaccination must be scheduled at least 28 days after the last WHO-EUL dose. Faculty and Staff vaccinated with WHO-EUL vaccines will be considered fully vaccinated by CDC standards and in compliance with the University's vaccination requirement.
  • Those who have not been fully WHO-EUL vaccinated or are unvaccinated (due to exemption or still completing the vaccination series) may have to wear a mask and follow other safety requirements as determined by University Human Resources. Those who started the series with WHO-EUL vaccines but have not finished can get revaccinated in Rhode Island 28 days after their last dose.
  • Those who started or completed the series with a non-WHO or non-EUA/FDA-authorized vaccine will be required to revaccinate with EUA/FDA authorized vaccine after 28 days.
  • Those unable to be vaccinated in their current country will be able to get vaccinated when they arrive in Rhode Island. They may have to wear a mask and follow other safety requirements as determined by University Human Resources until fully vaccinated, but are not expected to arrive early to receive the vaccination.

Vaccinated? Let Us Know

Brown requires that all students and employees who have had the opportunity to receive an FDA-approved vaccination against COVID-19 provide verification of receipt of vaccination by uploading the completed vaccination card received from your vaccination provider. Please see the Verify Your Vaccination page.

Last updated June 24, 2021. Information on this page may be updated as the University’s planning evolves and/or public health guidance prompts a shift in Brown’s operations and protocols.