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Q: Will there be a vaccine requirement and if so, will Rice accept international vaccines?

A: The university expects to require the vaccine but has not yet made a final determination. Rice will accept vaccines authorized by other countries.


Q: Will I have to take a COVID test upon arrival? If yes, where can I do this and who should I contact to make an appointment?

A: Rice will provide COVID screening upon arrival and appointments will be made available through the university. Arrangements for any secondary or follow-up screening will be announced later.


Q: Will I have access to the vaccine upon arrival and if so, how will I make an appointment?

A: Domestic students should be able to obtain the vaccine prior to arrival. International students who could not be vaccinated prior to traveling to Rice will be able to receive a vaccine here in Houston, TX. Details will be announced later.


Q. Do I need to arrive two weeks prior to orientation in order to attend and quarantine? Will there be accommodations for me if I need to do this?

A: If possible, students should arrive two weeks prior to the start of classes so that they might receive the one-shot vaccine (you are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). If quarantine or isolation becomes necessary, faculty should make academic accommodations (such as providing recorded lectures).