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.

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 ways to make an appointment to get a vaccination in Rhode Island:

  • Following earlier on-campus vaccination clinics in May 2021, Brown will host in partnership with the Wellness Company two upcoming on-campus voluntary vaccination clinics for vaccine-eligible students, faculty and staff. They will take place on Monday, June 14, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 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. More information, including links to register, will be shared in Today at Brown.
  • You can visit one of the state-run vaccination sites, including the Dunkin Donuts Center in downtown Providence, and while appointments are no longer required at most sites, you can make one at vaccinateri.org. The Dunkin Donuts Center vaccination clinic operates daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 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.
  • You no longer need an appointment to get vaccinated at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Stop & Shop pharmacy locations, and more information about those options can be found on the Rhode Island Department of Health website at: https://covid.ri.gov/vaccination#pharmacy.
  • 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. 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.

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.

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 9, 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.