Providence College to mandate student vaccines in fall
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence College is the latest Rhode Island university to mandate coronavirus vaccines for full-time undergraduate and graduate students returning to campus in the fall.
The decision was made after “weeks weighing various considerations,” the Roman Catholic college’s president, the Rev. Kenneth Sicard, said in a statement to the campus community on Thursday.
State health officials, the school’s faculty and staff with the relevant expertise, leaders of other colleges, as well as parents and students, had input in the process, he said.
“We made this decision by returning to the core principles that have guided our decision-making since the pandemic began more than a year ago,” he said. ”Our first imperative is to protect the health and safety of all those in our community, closely followed by our commitment to providing — to the greatest extent possible — the full academic and community Providence College experience to our students.”
The school will consider exemption requests based on medical or religious grounds, he said.
The University of Rhode Island, Brown University, and Roger Williams University are among the other schools in the state that have already announced similar mandates.