State, colleges partner to get students, staff vaccinated

The Rhode Island Department of Health is partnering with nine colleges and universities across the state to make getting a coronavirus vaccine as easy as possible for all students, faculty and staff before the end of the spring semester.

Under the program announced Thursday, schools will either hold on-campus vaccination clinics, or will provide free shuttle service from campus to vaccination sites.

“Now that vaccine eligibility is open to all people 16 and older who live, work, or go to school in Rhode Island, it’s important that we get our young people who live in congregate settings vaccinated,” Gov. Daniel McKee said in a statement.

For example, Brown University is participating at a designated day at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence by providing shuttle service to the clinic. Roger Williams University is partnering with the town of Bristol to host an on-campus clinic.

Bryant University, the University of Rhode Island, Providence College, Community College of Rhode Island, New England Institute of Technology, Rhode Island College, and the Rhode Island School of Design are also participating in the program.

Many colleges are requiring students to be vaccinated before returning to campus for the fall.

There is no cost to get vaccinated, and participants do not need health insurance.

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