PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, DECEMBER 27, 2021: Providence College announced today that the College will require COVID-19 booster shots for all eligible*, non-exempt students, faculty members, and staff members for the spring semester beginning in January.  

Additionally, all students will be required to document a negative point-of-origin test result within a maximum of five days of returning to campus in January. Spring semester classes begin on Tuesday, January 18th

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. This plan has been created in consultation with the Rhode Island Department of Health and is based on the guidance of public health experts.  

Eligible students, faculty members, and staff members are being asked to get COVID-19 booster shots as soon as possible, preferably before the start of the semester. The deadline to do so is Tuesday, Feb. 1st, 2022.  For those who are unable to get booster shots during the semester break, the College will host clinics on campus on Wednesday, Jan. 19th and Friday, Jan. 21st.

Those who have received a College-approved exemption from COVID-19 vaccination are exempt from this requirement. 

All students also will be required to document a negative point-of-origin test result before returning for the beginning of the spring semester.  


A person who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination becomes eligible for a booster six months after their second dose. The interval for a person who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is two months. 

Founded in 1917, Providence College is the only college or university in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars. The Catholic, liberal arts college has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 4,100 students and offers degrees in 49 academic majors. Since 1997, Providence College consistently has been ranked among the top five regional universities in the North according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”