Vaccine Availability and Eligibility

Brown strongly encourages our community to use available resources to learn about their eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and to receive it when you become eligible to do so.

Individual states establish the timelines for eligible populations to receive COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage all members of the Brown community to pay attention to the state plan where they reside, and if you become eligible to receive the vaccine, do so as soon as possible.

  • In Rhode Island, eligibility for the vaccine is determined by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). The state has a multi-phase vaccination plan, which currently involves vaccinating individuals in the healthcare and medical fields, a range of essential and front-line workers, categories of high-risk individuals and people 65 years old and older.
  • Massachusetts residents can learn more about their state’s plans on the Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Information website.
  • Connecticut residents can visit the Connecticut COVID-19 Response website for vaccination information.

In Rhode Island’s phased plan, some Brown faculty, staff and students are eligible to be vaccinated – primarily health care workers, first responders, and medical students in clinical rotations. Accordingly, some members of our community in the Warren Alpert Medical School, Department of Public Safety, and Health and Wellness have begun receiving the vaccine. Adults 65 years of age and older are also included in the current eligible population, and the vaccine was made available for them beginning in February.

Rhode Island has been effectively distributing the vaccine it receives, but the amounts allocated to the state by the federal government are limited and, to date, have been variable. State officials anticipate the volume of vaccines they receive and the pace of distribution will improve over the coming weeks and months.

The University hopes there will be opportunities in the future for Brown to host on-campus clinics to administer the vaccine to eligible populations, but we do not have authorization from the state or access to vaccines to do so at this time.

Last updated February 19, 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.