Students, staff, and faculty at Providence College will be required to receive and show proof of receiving a COVID-19 booster shot for the Spring 2022 semester.
School-approved exemptions will be considered, the college said.
The Monday announcement places the Roman Catholic school in the company of other Rhode Island institutions that have mandated booster shots for the upcoming spring, according to a report.
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These include Brown University, Salve Regina University, and the University of Rhode Island.
Students at Providence will be mandated to present a negative point-of-origin test result within five days of when they return to campus, according to the announcement.
"The college is implementing these measures to build on the successes of the fall semester and to help maintain the elements of an in-person academic and community student experience in the face of health and safety challenges related to the COVID-19 coronavirus, especially the omicron variant," the college said in a statement.
Officials at Providence College are requesting that the school's 4,100 students receive their booster vaccination as soon as possible and preferably before the start of classes on Jan. 18.
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The official deadline is Feb. 1, and Providence will hold vaccine clinics for those unable to get boosters elsewhere on Jan. 19 and Jan. 21, according to the school.