Entering the 2022-23 academic year, all students and employees will be required to remain up to date with Centers of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination and booster shots, according to a Today@Brown announcement from Executive Vice President for Planning and Policy Russell Carey ’91 MA’06. The mandate is an extension of the vaccination requirement set in place during the 2021-22 academic year.
“Compliance with (these) requirements has been essential to maintaining in-person academic and administrative activities on campus throughout this year,” Carey wrote in the announcement.
Newly admitted students and employees are required to upload proof of their vaccination to the University’s Health & 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 upcoming academic year can find further information on the Healthy Brown website.
Based on current CDC guidelines — which consider a person up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination if they have received the recommended doses in their primary series and one booster shot — the University will not yet require community members to receive a second booster, Carey wrote. The University encourages those who are eligible for a second booster, which includes adults at least 50 years of age who received their first booster over four months ago, to consult with medical professionals about their second booster shot.
Returning students and current employees who are up to date in documenting their vaccination status or have been granted medical or religious exemption will not need to take additional steps.
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