Hundreds of URI Students Have Requested Religious Vaccine Exemptions by Checking a Box

While Rhode Island’s colleges tout high vaccination rates against COVID-19, religious exemptions are not always difficult to obtain. 

At the University of Rhode Island, requesting one is as simple as checking a box.

A copy of the one-page form, which the school sent to The Providence Journal, asks students seeking exemptions to provide personal information including their name, address and health-care provider in the first section. The second section then asks the student to check off which vaccine they do not wish to take, the COVID-19 immunization being the sole option.

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