Salve Regina to require students, employees to get vaccines

Salve Regina University Has Had Just Two Positive Coronavirus Cases, Fewest Among Colleges In R.i.

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Salve Regina University is the latest college in Rhode Island to announce that it will require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus next fall.

The Catholic school in Newport announced Tuesday that all students, faculty and staff will be required to submit proof of vaccination to the school no later than Aug. 1.

Salve Regina joins Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, Providence College, and several other schools in the state that will require students to be vaccinated before participating in on-campus classes and activities in the fall.

“We did not arrive at this decision lightly,” the school posted on its website. “In reviewing the American College Health Association and CDC recommendations for higher education institutions and in discussion with state health officials, it became clear that this additional safeguard was required to more fully protect our Salve Regina community and those with whom our members interact.”

People with valid medical or religious reasons for not receiving the vaccine may request an exemption, the school said.

Salve Regina has about 2,700 students.

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