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Providence Campus Updates

Last updated: 5/11/2021

05.11.21 - After careful consultation with government and public health officials, the university will require that all students be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e., that students have received one or two doses of the vaccine, in accordance with the number of doses recommended by the manufacturer) prior to their arrival to campus for the 2021 fall semester. Students are asked to upload into their electronic medical record (through the Medicat Student Patient Portal) confirmation of their COVID-19 vaccination (excluding any medical information other than evidence of their vaccination). To those students who have received the vaccine and inputted their information – thank you for doing your part to help us all return to normal.

Students requesting an exemption from this requirement for medical, religious or other reasons must complete and submit the form located on the Medicat Student Patient Portal: Students enrolled in online degree programs and individuals participating in online-only continuing education programs will not be required to be vaccinated unless they come to campus to visit (for instance, to use the dining, library, fitness center, and other facilities.) Students in Rhode Island can go online at to schedule an appointment. More information about expectations for the fall will be communicated in the coming weeks. Students who have questions about the vaccine requirement and exemption process can call 1-800-342-5598 or submit their question through a form located on the website – scroll down to the section: “Ask Us a Question.”

The university continues to strongly encourage all staff and faculty, especially those whose work requires them to be on campus, to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible; you can check for available appointments.

05.10.21 - In consultation with the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), JWU will continue sentinel testing during the spring semester for students who live on campus, or commute to campus.

The following information is based on student testing coordinated by JWU Health Services:

  • 04/26-05/02 - 1 positive out of 698 tested
  • 04/19-04/25 - 5 positive out of 831 tested
  • 04/11-04/18 - 4 positive out of 921 tested
  • 04/04-04/10 - 3 positive out of 929 tested
  • 03/28-04/03 - 0 positive out of 845 tested
  • 03/21-03/27 - 4 positive out of 757 tested
  • 03/14-03/20 - 1 positive out of 796 tested
  • 03/07-03/13 - 7 positive out of 1089 tested
  • 02/28-03/06 - 4 positive out of 981 tested
  • 02/21-02/27 - 4 positive out of 660 tested
  • 02/14-02/20 - 2 positive out of 598 tested
  • 02/07-02/13 - 0 positive out of 598 tested
  • 01/31-02/06 - 9 positive out of 583 tested
  • 01/24-01/30 - 8 positive out of 619 tested
  • 01/17-01/23 - 15 positive out of 671 tested
  • 01/10-01/16 - 3 positive out of 259 tested
  • 01/03-01/09 - 2 positive out of 264 tested

04.23.21 - Vaccine elgibility in Rhode Island has expanded to anyone over the age of 16. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit to: 

  • Make a Vaccination Appointment at a State-Run Site
  • Learn More about Opportunities for Vaccination at Pharmacy Sites and Local and Regional Sites
  • Sign Up for the Vaccine Interest Notification List
  • Search the COVID-19 Vaccine Site Locator
  • And Get More Info

Students who do not anticipate being in Rhode Island to receive their second dose are encouraged to check on the availability and eligibility in your home state. Your second dose type (Pfizer or Moderna) must be the same or “match” your first dose (Pfizer or Moderna). Use or to see availability in your state.




Important Information about Vaccine Distribution in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is in the process of distributing the COVID-19 vaccine as new doses continue to become available in our state. The vaccine is a core component to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, as well as protecting our households and families.

These key points have been provided by RIDOH. Additional information:

  • Learn more from RIDOH’s COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs
  • To see who is currently eligible for vaccine, click here.
  • To see Rhode Island’s vaccination timeline, click here.
  • To see Rhode Island vaccination data, click here.

Taking the COVID-19 vaccine is one of several things you can do to protect yourself and your household.

  • All three available vaccines are safe, highly effective at preventing serious illness; hospitalizations; and death, and reduce the risk of infecting others.
  • All three vaccines will help protect you from getting different variants of COVID-19.

If you are eligible to get vaccinated, the best vaccine for you is the one that is available to you first.

  • The more people who get vaccinated against COVID-19, with any of the available vaccines, the sooner the pandemic will end.

We have three vaccines that are proven to be very safe and extremely effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalizations, and death.

  • This is phenomenal news.
  • The vaccines are all well above the effectiveness bar set by the federal government.
  • They were tested in large-scale vaccine trials involving a combined total of more than 100,000 people of different ages, genders, races, and ethnicities.
  • There were no serious safety concerns.

In addition to ending this pandemic, we want to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

  • All of the vaccines offer high efficacy (or protection) against these outcomes after people have been fully immunized.
  • For example, in the Janssen (or Johnson & Johnson) Phase 3 clinical trial, no COVID-19– associated hospitalizations occurred 28 days or more after vaccination in the vaccine group, while 16 hospitalizations occurred in the group receiving the placebo. No COVID-19- associated deaths occurred among people who received the vaccine. The Janssen vaccine has also shown to be more than 85 percent effective in protecting against severe illness 28 days or more after vaccination.

No steps involving safety were skipped during the COVID-19 vaccine development process.

  • COVID-19 vaccines were held to the same rigorous safety standards as other vaccines. Researchers around the globe came together to develop vaccines quickly, because so many lives were at stake. But this speed did not compromise safety or scientific integrity.
  • The government began producing doses of certain COVID-19 vaccines already in phase 3 trials, which sped up availability. Scientific advances over the last decade have also helped us learn a lot about the body and how it responds to vaccines.

Vaccines often cause our immune systems to respond in a way that shows the vaccine is working.

  • This is healthy, normal, and expected.
  • You may experience a sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches, but they should go away within a few days.
  • The effects of COVID-19 are much worse than these mild to moderate reactions that people sometimes have to the vaccine.

You should continue to wear a mask and follow other community mitigation protocols even after receiving the vaccine. Because we don’t know for sure whether you can still get infected and spread the virus to others once you’ve gotten any COVID-19 vaccine, you still need to wear a mask, get tested as needed, and keep your distance from people you don’t live with. You should also isolate if you have tested positive or have symptoms.

"In addition to wearing masks, social distancing and more frequent hand washing and sanitizing, the COVID-19 vaccine gives us another tool to protect ourselves and those around us. Now that everyone 16 years and older in every state is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, we can take the next step to get to the other side of the pandemic.."

- Providence Campus President Marie Bernardo-Sousa, LP.D., '92

Read More of the President's Message

Marie Bernardo-Sousa, LP.D., '92, on Gaebe Commons

Important to Know

Fall 2021 Plans
As the COVID vaccine becomes more available, state governments are beginning to relax some restrictions that have been imposed to protect public health. Based on where Rhode Island is today, we anticipate that we will return to full operations in the fall, with courses being offered in-person as well as through hybrid delivery.

After careful consultation with government and public health officials, the university will require that all students be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e., that students have received one or two doses of the vaccine, in accordance with the number of doses recommended by the manufacturer) prior to their arrival to campus for the 2021 fall semester

Summer Session Plans
The summer session will continue to be fully remote, giving students the option to pick up extra courses and accelerate their graduation date; registration is open now.

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