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RISD Vaccination Policy


  • RISD will require COVID-19 vaccination in addition to the current required vaccinations.
  • All students intending to be on campus for fall 2021 will need to provide a COVID vaccination record by August 1.
  • RISD is accepting all vaccines authorized for emergency use by the FDA: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).
  • RISD will continue to follow CDC recommendations with regards to the longevity of vaccinations and the possible need for boosters.
  • Medical or religious accommodations for students unable or unwilling to be vaccinated must be requested via the health services portal by August 1.

International Students

  • Some people may have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized in the United States.
  • People who completed a COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who completed or partially completed a COVID-19 vaccine series with a vaccine that is not authorized by FDA or not authorized for emergency use by WHO may be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series upon return to campus.

Vaccines authorized for emergency use by WHO:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
  • Covishield
  • Comirnaty

Student Vaccination Verification


  • Currently, RISD will strongly encourage vaccination but will not require it.
  • RISD will require vaccination disclosure (letting the institution know whether you’ve been vaccinated), by August 1.
  • Employees can upload their vaccination status in Workday. Job aids with instructions are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Employee Vaccination Status

Protocol for Vaccinated Individuals

  • At this time, vaccinated individuals must continue to abide by all of RISD’s health safety protocols, including testing, self-screening, wearing a face covering indoors, maintaining 6′ distance, and frequent hand washing.
  • All community members must continue to participate in surveillance testing to monitor for breakthrough infection (as mandated by RIDOH). Vaccination will not affect test results.
  • Per RIDOH guidance, a vaccinated person who tests positive can be released from isolation after they receive two negative PCR tests (specimens must be collected more than 24 hours apart.) Direct contacts of the index case must STILL continue to quarantine, as, out of an abundance of caution, RIDOH still considers the index case to have been infectious during the time that they tested positive.
  • Employees and students who do not follow COVID policies are subject to progressive, corrective HR employment processes or the conduct process, respectively

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