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 students, faculty and staff who received COVID-19 vaccinations outside of Rhode Island enter their vaccination dates and upload their COVID-19 vaccination card in the patient portal.

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. 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

The University of Rhode Island will, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and best practices, no longer require community members to wear masks indoors on our campuses.

While wearing masks in indoor areas is now optional, there are people in our community who will continue to wear them. We encourage people to respect their choice. Please also stay home from work or class if you are sick. When people stay home, they help prevent the spread of illness on campus and allow themselves the opportunity to recover.

The University reserves the right to reinstate masking restrictions based on the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and Rhode Island Department of Health guidance and conditions on campus and in the community.