COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The University strongly recommends that all students, faculty, and staff be vaccinated and obtain all recommended boosters to protect themselves from COVID-19. The vaccine has been proven to be safe and extremely effective in averting serious illness and hospitalizations.  URI is requesting that all out-of-state and international students, faculty and staff who are vaccinated enter their vaccination dates and upload their COVID-19 vaccination card in the patient portal.

All incoming first-year students and transfer students are required to answer the COVID Vaccination Question found in the Forms tab in the patient portal by Aug. 19.  

Please note, the University is no longer requiring COVID-19 vaccine exemptions or surveillance testing for unvaccinated individuals at this time.

Currently, there are three available COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S.: Pfizer-BioNTechModerna, and Johnson & Johnson. The vaccines are authorized for individuals age 16 and older (Pfizer) and age 18 and older (Moderna and Johnson & Johnson). None of these vaccines carry live coronavirus. You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine. Individuals are eligible for a booster five months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna two-shot series, or two months after the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

To Upload Your COVID-19 Vaccination Records (Students/Faculty/Staff):

  1. Log in to the Health Services patient portal.
  2. Click the “Immunization” tab and wait for immunization screen to load.
  3. Go to the “COVID Initial Vaccine Series” section and enter the dates that you received the vaccine(s) under the correct vaccine.
  4. Go to the “COVID Boosters Only” section and enter the date(s) that you received the COVID-19 booster under the correct vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson).
  5. Click “Submit.”
  6. Go to the  “Upload” tab, under Choose document you are uploading select “COVID-19 Vaccination Card.”
  7. Click “Select File”, then “Take Photo or Video.”
  8. Take a photo from your mobile device and be sure to click “Upload” to upload the photo to the patient portal.  *Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, a state-issued COVID-19 Vaccine History record, or documented proof from a healthcare provider.

Mask Wearing

Mask wearing is now optional for all URI community members, regardless of vaccination status, and including on the URI shuttle.   Noted exceptions to the optional masking policy include spaces where direct academic instruction and research are taking place unless a faculty member waives the requirement. Masks are also required at URI Health Services. This policy will remain in effect until further notice while we assess transmission rates on our campus when we come back together.

Masking continues to be recommended for individuals who are immunocompromised or at high risk for disease, as well as for anyone who has a personal preference.