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A Message from the Nurse

The following is the Community College of Rhode Island's response to current health care concerns



  • All student s attending classes at CCRI in person must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 including the booster
  • At this time, Nova Vax has not been approved as a Covid-19 vaccine by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Novavax has a vaccine that is a combined flu and Covid-19 vaccine. 
  • All Covid vaccines must be submitted to [email protected] and be accompanied by a copy of your student id card.  
  • For either medical or religious reasons, some students cannot get the vaccines and must submit the completed forms, either a medical or religious exemptions. These forms can be obtained through [email protected].
  • Masks are now optional and can be used per personal preference but are no longer required. 

Monkey pox

Persons considered to be at extreme risk should consider being vaccinated.

Flu Season 

It is flu season and flu vaccines are now available at most with Minute Clinic and Walmart pharmacies by appointment and are covered by most health insurances. CCRI will offer flu clinics again this year, they are as follows: 

  • Warwick - October 24th 10-1 in the Lower Commons. 
  • Lincoln - October 26th 11-1 in the rear of the faculty dining room. 

Registration is highly recommended, see Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics for more details.  There will be 10 vaccines for those over 65 so register for an early appointment if planning on getting this one due to limited availability. 

As we know, symptoms of the flu mimic those of Covid-19 and the two can be mistaken. One major difference between the two is the loss of taste and smell characteristic with Covid-19. It would be helpful to mention that not everyone who tests positive for Covid-19 experiences this symptom as they vary from person to person. The best way to determine if it is Covid is by testing. Home testing is acceptable.

  • Do not come to campus if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or the Flu until you have been cleared by your PCP.
  • In the event of a positive COVID-19 test, please contact your doctor and [email protected] for further instructions on quarantine protocol. 

ALWAYS remember to continue using the same sanitizing measures

  • wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm or hot water,
  • sanitize your hands between activities or when touching many different things,
  • always sanitize before eating. 


CCRI will offer free and confidential HIV testing on campus. Hepatitis B tests will also available at the same time. Walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary. [More info on HIV]

Liston campus – Friday, November 4th 12-2 in Rm. 1134.