URI requiring students to be vaccinated for upcoming school year

KINGSTON, R.I. (WLNE) – The University of Rhode Island announced Tuesday that all students are required to get a COVID-19 vaccine by August, ahead of the 2021-2022 academic year.

The university said any student that expects to participate in any on-site or in-person classes or activities will need to get vaccinated by the start of the fall semester.

All students will need to provide proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption by Monday, Aug. 16.

The university said exemptions will be made for religious or medical reasons. Students granted exemptions may have their housing assignments modified, the school said.

“The COVID‑19 vaccines are widely available, safe, greatly limit the transmission of the virus, and have been shown to nearly eliminate the chances of death or serious illness related to a COVID‑19 infection. The vaccines are a critical element in protecting public health locally and worldwide,” a press release from the university reads.

As for employees, the university said it’s strongly urging all staff to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

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