Before entering the academic year 2022-23, all students and staff will be required to keep up to date with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots, according to a Today @ Brown announcement from Executive Vice President of Planning and Policy Russell Carey ’91 MA’06. The mandate is an extension of vaccination requirements put in place during the academic year 2021-22.
“Compliance with (these) requirements has been critical to maintaining personal academic and administrative activities on campus throughout this year,” Carey wrote in the statement.
Newly admitted students and staff must upload proof of their vaccination to the university Health and wellness patient portal, according to the email. Community members who have not previously received a religious or medical exemption and wish to do so for the coming academic year can find further information on Healthy Brown website.
Based on current CDC guidelines – which consider a person to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination if they have received the recommended doses in their primary series and a booster shot – the university will not yet require community members to receive a another booster, Carey wrote. The University encourages those eligible for another booster, which includes adults at least 50 years of age, who received their first booster over four months ago, to consult physicians about their second booster shot.
Returning students and current staff who have been updated to document their vaccination status or have been granted medical or religious dispensation do not need to take further steps.