URI requiring students to receive COVID-19 vaccine

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — University of Rhode Island (URI) officials announced Tuesday that all on-campus students will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before next semester.

Confirmation of immunization or an approved exemption will need to be provided by August 16, according to the university.

“In order to participate in any on‑site or in‑person courses and activities, students at all URI campuses will be expected to be vaccinated by the start of the fall 2021 semester,” the announcement said.

Some programs may require vaccination earlier than the August deadline, school officials added.

URI said proof of any vaccine authorized in the U.S. will be accepted, and students who get a vaccine that requires two doses must show they received both shots.

Officials also noted that proof of vaccination is required for anyone previously diagnosed with COVID-19.

The university is strongly encouraging employees to get immunized as well.

On Monday, New England Institute of Technology announced they will also require all students who participate in on-campus classes or activities to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of the fall 2021 term.

Additionally, Johnson & Wales University, Brown University, Roger Williams University and UMass Dartmouth are requiring students to get vaccinated before returning to campus.

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