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Vaccine Policy

Please note: Any distance learning students or visitors who plan on coming to one of our campuses must show either a proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of coming to campus. Those who arrive without either proof of vaccination or a negative test will be directed to our on-campus testing site to undergo a rapid test. See below for more information on our Fall 2021 policies. 

CCRI requires all full- and part-time students enrolled for in-person classes for the Fall 2021 semester and all faculty and non-classified employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have approved medical or religious exemptions. 

The college accepts proof of vaccination of any of the three available vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson. Free vaccine clinics administering the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available at each of our on-campus and drive-through vaccine clinics (see below for dates and locations).

For students:

All students registered for in-person classes for the Fall 2021 semester must upload their completed vaccination or exemption forms to the Student Health Records Portal.

For additional information, visit our Vaccine Policy FAQs webpage,or download our Vaccine Reference Sheetor 2021 Fall Student Manual. Students registering for a medical or religious exemption must complete the following forms and upload them to the Student Health Records Portal for verification:

For employees:

All Council of Postsecondary Education employees, meaning full- and part-time faculty and non-classified employees, must be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021. Exemptions for qualifying medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs will be recognized. The entire policy is available online

Once you are fully vaccinated, please email a photo of your CCRI ID and the front of your vaccination card to [email protected] to register your vaccination with the college. The verification process may take up to five days, so please bring your proof of vaccination (vaccine card or a picture of it) with you each time you arrive at campus until verification is complete.

Employees filing for an exemption must fill out the following forms and submit them to [email protected] for verification no later than October 15:

For more information on our policy, campus access points, or additional protocols, email [email protected] or download our Fall 2021 Employee Manual.  

Uploading your documents

You can access the portal through MyCCRI under the “For Students” tab (select “Verify My Vaccination”). Or, visit ccri.medicatconnect.com on any web browser or mobile device. Use your MyCCRI username and password to access the portal.

1. Click the “Uploads” icon on the homepage.

2. From the “Choose Document You Are Uploading” pulldown menu, choose which file you are uploading – either your medical or religious exemption form or your proof of vaccination.

a. If you have proof of vaccination, you can either scan it to your device and upload it to the portal, or simply upload a photo of your vaccine card. The following file formats are acceptable: GIF, PNG, TIFF, TIF, JPEG, TXT, or PDF. You cannot upload a Microsoft Word file or document.

b. You must also name your file before uploading. Please use only alpha and numeric characters; no special characters or extra spaces are allowed.

3. Hit “Upload” to submit your document.

Uploading your immunization dates

1. Click on the "Immunization" link

2. Select the vaccination dose you received (Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, or Moderna) and upload the dates of your vaccinations.

3. Once you enter the dates, scroll to the bottom and hit "Submit."

Vaccination records will take up to 5 business days to process, so upload your completed vaccine record or exemption as soon as possible to avoid being dropped from in-person classes. Once your records have been successfully reviewed and matched, you will be notified via your CCRI email.

If you have difficulty logging into the portal, email the CCRI Help Desk at help[email protected]. For any questions on the status of your immunization record, email [email protected] and include your full name and student ID number in your message.

Additional information on the portal is available by downloading our Vaccine Reference Sheet. You can also reference these handy videos for instructions on uploading your documents:

Free vaccine clinics

Getting the vaccine is easy. Free clinics are available at each campus Monday–Friday throughout the semester. 

  • Knight Campus, Field House: 10 am–3:45 pm
  • Flanagan Campus, Cafeteria: 10 am– 3:45 pm
  • Liston Campus, Atrium: 10 am– 3:45 pm          
  • Newport Campus, Atrium: 11 am–3 pm          

CCRI is also hosting free drive-through vaccine clinics each weekend in September at its Warwick and Lincoln campuses. Dates, times, and registration links are listed below:

Saturday, September 18

Saturday, September 25

You can also receive a vaccine at a state-run clinic, your local pharmacy or grocery store, local hospital, or a clinic in your community.  To find a vaccine site near you, visit vaccinateri.org, or Google search “Find a vaccine clinic near me.”

Vaccines are FREE and do not require proof of health insurance or documentation of citizenship status.

COVID-19 vaccination for people in the 18–39 age brackets is especially important. The CDC expects the Delta variant to become the dominant strain in the United States this month. In addition, data shows that the variant causes more serious disease in young adults than earlier strains. The Delta variant also appears to cause significant spread among unvaccinated individuals. Students enrolled only in online classes are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but are not required to upload proof of vaccination or an exemption request to the Student Health Records Portal.