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Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island

Do you need a COVID-19 vaccine before going to school in Rhode Island?

Most colleges and universities require students and, in some cases, employees, to be vaccinated before coming to campus in fall 2021. Here’s where each school stands.

Franco Avraham who had a kidney transplant receives his third dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Sheba Medical Center on July 14 in Ramat Gan, Israel. This week the country started offering third doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to adults with weak immune systems, due to concern about the more virulent Delta variant.

Israeli health provider to offer third COVID shot to elderly

A leading Israeli health provider on Thursday said it would soon begin offering a third, booster COVID-19 shot to patients over the age of 60 who have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

A doctor's office advertises the COVID-19 vaccine in a neighborhood near Brighton Beach on July 26 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Due to the rapidly spreading Delta variant, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will require all city workers to be vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19.

US doctors lose patience as they confront vaccine hesitancy

A year ago, U.S. health professionals felt helpless. The coronavirus had been identified but was poorly understood. Thousands were dying daily and the tools available -- ventilators, experimental therapies, testing kits -- were limited and often ineffective. The president was dismissive of masks and social distancing.


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Reptiles of the Mind, an immersive audio play, will be performed as part of FringePVD on July 30.

Things to do in Rhode Island: July 2021

Between PVDFest and FringePVD, there are plenty of things to do in Rhode Island right now.

Max performs during the Official Lollapalooza Aftershow Wednesday July 28, at Park West in Chicago.

Lollapalooza begins in Chicago, drawing huge crowds, raising worries on virus spread

The massive Lollapalooza music festival kicked off Thursday in Chicago, drawing tens of thousands of revelers to the city's downtown and renewing worries about the coronavirus spreading in the tightly packed crowds.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, far right, confronted Governor Dan McKee, left, during a news conference Wednesday evening promoting WaterFire, taking the governor to task about the newly proposed Providence Teachers Union contract.

Elorza confronts McKee over Providence Teachers Union contract

The heated exchange between the Providence mayor and the Rhode Island governor took place at a press conference to promote WaterFire Wednesday night

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The Providence Teachers Union held a rally opposing school reopening outside the Rhode Island Department of Education building last September.

The truth about the new Providence Teachers Union contract

Will it move the needle for a district that needs dramatic improvements in student results? Here are a few takeaways.

Charlie Kirk's pro-Trump youth group, Turning Point USA, has taken an increasingly hard line against vaccine mandates at colleges and schools.

Charlie Kirk’s pro-Trump youth group stokes vaccine resistance as COVID surges again

A young emergency room doctor stood before dozens of students in a Tampa convention center this month and gave them a script for resisting coronavirus vaccines. That presentation is just one way the group led by Charlie Kirk, 27, has recently sought to rally young people against vaccine mandates.

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a pop up vaccination site in the Staten Island borough of New York. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is allowing the problem-plagued factory of contract manufacturer Emergent BioSolutions to resume production of COVID-19 vaccine bulk substance to resume, the company said Thursday, July 29. The Baltimore factory was shut down by the FDA in mid-April due to contamination problems that forced the company to trash the equivalent of tens of millions of doses of vaccine it was making under contract for Johnson & Johnson.

Emergent resumes production of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine manufacturer Emergent BioSolutions Inc. to resume production of the shot after a series of mishaps that led it to halt manufacturing.

Maine church seeks preemptive ban on COVID restrictions

A Maine church that sued over coronavirus restrictions is delivering a preemptive lawsuit against possible new restrictions associated with a variant of the virus that’s spreading across the country.

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A passer-by departs a gate to the campus of Brown University, in Providence, R.I.

Brown will reinstate routine COVID-19 testing for all students and employees

All community members, including those who are fully vaccinated, will be required to participate in testing as directed beginning Aug. 16.