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University operations

What do faculty, staff, and students need to know before coming to campus or to a JHU work location?

Masking

Masking in university administrative spaces, research labs, public spaces, public events, athletic facilities and nonclassroom communal spaces is optional for those who are vaccinated and boosted.

Masks are required in classrooms, lab- and studio-based classes, and other spaces where instruction of university courses takes place, as well as in common areas of residence halls and in Homewood/Peabody dining facilities (except when actively eating or drinking). Mask use will be optional for instructors and presenters in classrooms if they are able to maintain a 6-foot distance from others in the room.

Masks are required at all indoor events with more than 50 people

Family and other guests helping students move out of university residence halls are required to mask.

Those who have been granted exceptions from the vaccination mandate are required to wear masks indoors. Mandatory once-weekly testing for students and twice-weekly testing for all affiliates with approved vaccination/booster exceptions remain in effect.

If you choose to wear a mask, the most effective types of face coverings are:

  • N95 masks
  • KN95 masks
  • KF94 masks
  • A combination of a cloth mask with a surgical mask

In settings where masks are still required, one of the above options must be used.

Whatever kind of mask you use, the most important thing is to wear it consistently and properly—with a tight fit and covering both the mouth and the nose. After vaccination and boosting, masking (with an N95, KN95, or KF94) remains the single most effective control measure. While masking is voluntary rather than mandatory in many on-campus settings, we strongly encourage anyone who is concerned about their health and safety to consistently mask indoors.

The university has obtained a large supply of N95 and KN95 masks to distribute; affiliates are entitled to two masks per week while supplies last. Masks can be picked up at asymptomatic testing locations on campus.

Note that the School of Medicine affiliates will continue to follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s masking policy.

Vaccination and Booster Requirements

All eligible individuals affiliates must be vaccinated and receive a booster by Feb. 1 and proof of vaccination uploaded to the Vaccine Management System. Full vaccination including a booster is highly protective against severe illness and hospitalization. More information on the booster requirement

Asymptomatic Testing

The following groups must receive a COVID-19 test at one of our on-campus locations:

  • All undergraduate students – 2x/week
  • All graduate students – 1x/week
  • All staff and faculty who have not received a COVID booster (as of their eligibility date) – 2x/week

All JHU students, staff, and faculty may also utilize JHU testing sites for voluntary asymptomatic COVID testing.  Symptomatic testing will be arranged via the JHCCC.  More information on testing locations and schedules

Dining

Food service is allowed at indoor events, with the exception of student events at which more than 50 people are in attendance; at these events, food should be served outside or grab-and-go. Capacity limits on indoor events have been lifted and permission will no longer be required. Physical distancing should still be maintained where feasible.

Until April 30, masking is required requirements for all persons in common areas of residence halls or in university dining facilities, except when actively eating or drinking.

Other requirements

Note: The School of Medicine follows Johns Hopkins Medicine’s rules and policies. Masking rule information and general information on JHM’s vaccination policy are available online.

Last updated: May 9, 2022 8:55pm

Is social distancing required?

No. Based on CDC advisories and our consultation with experts in public health and infectious disease, we are confident that our current vaccination mandate is sufficient at this time without the need for distancing or de-densification in our facilities or on university transportation.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 4:59pm

Are visitors and guests allowed on campus?

Both Visitors and Guests are welcome at JHU and are expected to comply with the university mandate that all individuals who are not vaccinated and boosted wear masks indoors on university property.

Visitors: Visiting faculty, scholars, and students are defined in JHU Visitor Policy and generally on campus for a month or more with formal appointments. These individuals are subject to the same policies as faculty, staff, and students, respectively. Because these visitors are assigned a JHED, they should upload proof of vaccination status like all other faculty, staff, and students. 

Guests: Campus guests age 5 and older who will be inside campus-operated buildings in the U.S. are expected to comply with university COVID vaccination requirements already in place for our affiliates. Specifically, masks are required of anyone age 5 and over who is not vaccinated, and we require the use of N95, KN95, KF94, or a two-layer combination of surgical and cloth mask.

More details on the university’s requirements and how they apply to campus guests are available on the vaccination page of this website.

Commencement information

Students participating in on-campus commencement ceremonies and events must comply with the JHU vaccination mandate and must have received either an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exception prior to coming on-campus, even if they were fully “online” students during their course of study.

Family members and other non-affiliates attending commencement events fall under the JHU guest policy and are therefore not subject to the vaccination mandate, but they must adhered to all masking regulations at the time of the event. The registrars are working on a policy that separates out provision of diplomas from the graduation ceremony.

Last updated: March 18, 2022 7:17am

Should guests coming for one day or less be asked to provide proof of vaccination?

No, this is neither required nor expected. While guests who are only coming on campus for a few hours or up to one day are required to be vaccinated and boosted, they are not required to submit proof of vaccination.

We encourage you to share in advance the link to information about the university’s vaccination and booster requirements found on this website. You may also post signage reminding guests that they must wear a mask if not fully vaccinated and boosted.

Last updated: March 16, 2022 5:17pm

Do decisions about activities and health and safety protocols apply to buildings not located on the university’s main campuses?

All reopening plans and health and safety guidelines established by the university apply to people taking part in activities in all of its owned or leased locations.

Last updated: Dec 16, 2020 3:36pm

Which rules apply to School of Medicine staff?

The School of Medicine follows Johns Hopkins Medicine’s rules and policies. Masking rule information and general information on JHM’s vaccination policy are available online.

Last updated: Aug 9, 2021 4:38pm

May 2022 update

What is being done in response to the recent increase in cases among students?

We have taken several steps in response to the recent rise in cases. We have:

  • Increased mandatory testing to twice a week for undergraduates, which helps us to more closely monitor the extent to which COVID is spreading on campus and to more quickly move to isolate students who test positive.
  • Reinstated masking requirements for libraries and other study spaces, which are heavily used during reading period/finals. We had previously reinstated masking requirements in common areas of residence halls and in campus dining facilities when not actively eating or drinking. Masking has always been required in classrooms and other instructional spaces.
  • Added a masking requirement for indoor events with greater than 50 people.
  • Required that food and drink at large (greater than 50 people) indoor student events be served outside or in a grab-and-go format.

Last updated: May 10, 2022 10:07am

Is it safe for undergrads to take in-person finals when case counts are so high?

Though case counts have increased recently, we have not seen any evidence of COVID transmission in instructional spaces since the beginning of the pandemic and we have confidence in the safety of in-person finals.

Additionally:

  • Masking, which is highly effective in preventing the spread of COVID, is required for all in-person finals.
  • All of our instructional spaces have upgraded ventilation and filtration.
  • Twice-weekly mandatory testing of undergraduate students means we are detecting cases and placing COVID-positive students in isolation sooner.

Last updated: May 10, 2022 10:11am

Why is the university continuing to allow events to take place?

We have reinstated required masking at large (greater than 50 people) indoor events and now require that food and drink at large indoor student events be served outside or in a grab-and-go format. We are also encouraging masking at smaller events.

Outdoor events are safer and you are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 during outdoor events, even without the use of masks. While it may be disappointing to not participate in activities, anyone who is sick with COVID should remain in isolation and not participate in events. If you have symptoms and are unsure of your COVID status, you are required to stay at home while you are experiencing symptoms.  You should contact the JHCCC and get tested before returning to campus and participating in any event. More information about how to schedule a test is available on this website.

Last updated: May 9, 2022 9:30pm

Are COVID-positive residential students isolating in place in the dorms?

We are at times isolating residential students who live in single bedrooms, either with their own bathroom or a bathroom shared with suitemates. These students are not permitted to use any common areas.

We are not isolating any COVID-positive student with a non-COVID-positive roommate. In the future, we may isolate COVID-positive roommates together, noting that the CDC says, “The goal of isolation is to avoid infecting people who are not already infected. If multiple people in a household have confirmed COVID-19, it’s fine for them to isolate together.”

Last updated: May 9, 2022 9:36pm

Masking guidance

Should people wear a mask even where/when not required?

We strongly recommend wearing a mask at all times indoors when outside your room/home. While the risk of COVID transmission is lower in certain settings than in others, masking when around others provides an important protection against COVID.

Last updated: May 10, 2022 10:09am

Where can affiliates get N95 and KN95 masks on campus?

The university has obtained a large supply of N95 and KN95 masks to distribute; affiliates are entitled to two masks per week while supplies last. Masks can be picked up at asymptomatic testing locations on campus.

Last updated: Jan 20, 2022 12:30pm

How frequently can masks be reused? How should they be cleaned and/or cared for?

Cloth masks should be washed and air dried daily. Other types of masks—including N95, KN95, KN94, and surgical masks—can be worn for multiple days, until soiled or damaged. Masks should be allowed to air dry between uses; alternating masks daily is recommended to allow adequate drying between uses. These masks should not be washed.

Last updated: Jan 20, 2022 12:22pm

Can other combinations of masks be worn, e.g. two cloth masks, two surgical masks, or a multi-layer mask (with or without a filter)?

Masks are no longer universally required. In areas where a mask is required—or if you choose to wear a mask—you should wear an N95, KN95, KF94 mask. The only other acceptable option is a surgical mask under a cloth mask.

Last updated: April 18, 2022 9:59am

Are masks required on university shuttles?

No. Given the continued improvements in COVID trends and after consultation with university experts in public health and infectious disease, the university has relaxed its masking policy for vaccinated individuals on university shuttles and buses.

Masking on university shuttle services will be optional for those who are vaccinated and boosted. Those who have been granted exceptions from the university’s vaccination and/or booster mandate will still be required to wear masks on shuttles. A list of routes and services affected by this change is available on the Transportation Services website.

Health System shuttles will continue to require masking for all passengers until further notice.

Consistent, proper use of high-quality face masks is one of the most effective measures to limit the spread of COVID, and students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to continue masking if that makes them more comfortable and/or if they have particular circumstances that influence their personal risk tolerance.

Last updated: March 15, 2022 10:21am

What do I need to do if I am working/studying remotely and do not intend to be on campus?

If you are a fully online student or an employee working on a 100% remote basis, or you do not plan to visit JHU campus or travel on behalf of JHU, you do not need to do anything.

If you are not vaccinated, however, you are encouraged to consider vaccination and to upload your status to VMS should your situation change in the future.

Note: If your situation changes in the future and you do come to campusor participate in any off-site business, field studies, or residencies while you are affiliated with JHUyou need to submit vaccination documentation before participating.

Last updated: April 18, 2022 10:01am

What should faculty/mentors do if a student/trainee does not comply with university masking rules in the classroom/lab/studio?

Students/trainees not complying with university masking rules may be asked to leave a classroom/lab/studio. Momentary unmasking for drinks/snacks remains permitted.

Faculty/mentors may contact the confidential compliance line or call 844-SPEAK2US (844-773-2528) or speak directly with their student conduct offices. Repeated or serious noncompliance with the university’s COVID-19 health and safety guidance may result in disciplinary actions through the student conduct process, depending on the severity and frequency of the infraction.

 

Last updated: Aug 30, 2021 4:04pm

What should students/trainees do if a faculty/mentor does not comply with university masking rules in the classroom/lab/studio?

Students/trainees are encouraged to contact the confidential compliance line or call 844-SPEAK2US (844-773-2528). Based on the report, department chairs or the respective vice dean for faculty will be consulted for follow-up with faculty/mentors. Repeated or serious noncompliance with the university’s COVID-19 health and safety guidance may result in suspended facility access for a period of time and corrective and/or disciplinary action, depending on the severity and frequency of the infraction.

 

Last updated: Aug 30, 2021 4:05pm

Health + Safety

I feel ill or am concerned about COVID-19 exposure. What should I do?
Johns Hopkins students, faculty, and staff who feel ill should call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center at 443-287-8500, seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Alternately, you can self-schedule a symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID test through your Hopkins MyChart.
When you call the JHCCC, representatives will discuss next steps, arrange for testing if needed, and assist in transmitting information to Occupational Health or Student Affairs. The JHCCC will also manage the process to identify and assist people who may have had contact with someone who tests positive.
The JHCCC is staffed by Johns Hopkins nurses, physicians, and specially trained nursing and medical students, but you are always free to call your personal primary care provider, and should continue to do so for family members who have symptoms.
As has always been the case, individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2 should self-isolate at home except to get medical care until it’s safe to be around others.

Last updated: Jan 26, 2022 10:03am

What should I do if I test positive at home?

Students who test positive at home should complete this form and wait for a nurse from the Student Health and Wellness Center to contact you.

Employees who test positive at home should either call the JHCCC at 443-287-8500 or complete this form; a nurse will call you with next steps.

Last updated: May 11, 2022 9:56am

When can I leave isolation and resume normal activities after a COVID infection if I had symptoms?

The CDC advises: You can end self-isolation after 5 (full) days since symptoms first appeared AND 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. JHU will release students from isolation after 5 days if they are symptom-free. Residential students in university-provided isolation housing will automatically be released on day 7+ even if they still have symptoms. This will enable us to prioritize isolation housing for students with new-onset COVID infections since people are more contagious two days before on-set of symptoms and the first 3-4 days of symptoms than they are on day 7+ of symptoms. 

We further require that, afterwards, individuals wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until they have reached 10 days from the onset of their illness. 

Last updated: May 12, 2022 8:42am

How long after a natural COVID infection should you wait before getting the vaccine?

In most cases, you should wait until you are out of isolation (all COVID symptoms have resolved) to get the vaccine. If you were treated with monoclonal antibodies and/or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting the vaccine. Affiliates may request a medical exception to wait to get the vaccine until the 90 days has elapsed.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:07pm

Where can I get more information about COVID vaccine safety and effectiveness?

We have a tremendous amount of information and support available for those who have questions about the vaccine or want to learn more. JHM has compiled a set of resources on Covid vaccine effectiveness and safety and what to expect when getting vaccinated. JHU’s Coronavirus Resource Center has extensive information about how the vaccines were developed and tested, as well as data on their distribution in the U.S. and internationally. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:17pm

Can vaccinated and unvaccinated students share a room as roommates?

Yes. Vaccinated and unvaccinated students can room together, and roommate decisions will not be influenced by vaccination status.

Last updated: May 19, 2021 4:11pm

How does the university learn if an employee or student working in a lab tests positive for COVID-19?

All students, faculty, and staff who are participating in on-campus activities should monitor themselves daily for any symptoms. Anyone who has symptoms associated with COVID-19 or who has concerns about exposure to COVID-19 is strongly encouraged to call the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center, or JHCCC, at 833-546-7546 to be triaged to determine if they meet the criteria for testing. In the case of employees, their supervisor will be informed that the employee is “off-duty” until cleared. In the case of students, their school’s Student Affairs representative will be notified that the student is “off-duty.” The student’s name will be shared with the student’s consent.

The JHCCC will inform you of your test result if you are tested at a Johns Hopkins facility. If your test is negative, your supervisor or Student Affairs Representative will receive a message that you have been cleared. If you test positive, you will remain “off-duty” and there will be no additional communication to your supervisor or Student Affairs representative until you are cleared. You are encouraged but not required to share the information with your supervisor or Student Affairs representative.

Last updated: Dec 3, 2020 12:00am

How do I get cleared to go back to work or class after I recover from COVID-19?

JHU affiliates who test positive through the JHU testing process will be contacted by phone or email by the JHCCC or the Student Health Center. If you are an employee and tested at home, call the JHCCC at 833-546-7546 to be sure the university knows that you are off-duty due to COVID. If you are a student and tested at home, complete the Student Health and Wellness form to be sure the university knows that you have tested positive and will not be required to test for 90 days.

You are required to isolate for five days from the date of your positive test; the date of your positive test is considered Day 1. Your supervisor or school student affairs staff will be contacted to note that you are off-duty/away from class. During this time, you are not permitted to be on campus and should coordinate with your supervisor/instructors to determine if you should take sick leave or can continue some activities remotely. You will be automatically notified when you are cleared, and may return to campus on the sixth day if you are free of symptoms; a negative test is not required to return to campus.

Last updated: April 18, 2022 10:05am

What has been done about air ventilation in buildings in light of the danger of airborne transmission?

Following CDC and ASHRAE guidance, JH Facilities assessed and improved building ventilation where possible—the number of air exchanges per hour, filtration,  and amount of fresh air intake. Facilities is also performing preventative maintenance checks to ensure filters have been changed and that systems are working properly.  

Last updated: May 11, 2022 11:25am

Diagnostic Testing

Who is required to test?
  • All undergraduate students on campus are currently required to test twice per week.
  • Through Commencement on May 22, the university requires once-weekly testing for all all graduate students (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s testing policies) who are in-person on a Johns Hopkins campus in Baltimore or Washington, D.C. This does not include postdoctoral fellows.
  • Beginning May 23, mandatory asymptomatic testing will be suspended for on-campus students who have received vaccinations and boosters.
  • Twice-weekly testing is required for all unvaccinated faculty, staff, trainees, and postdoctoral fellows (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s testing policies).
  • Voluntary asymptomatic testing on demand is available for all Johns Hopkins affiliates.

Last updated: May 10, 2022 10:33am

If I am required to be tested on a regular basis, what do I do? Am I automatically scheduled for an appointment or should I schedule one? Can I walk up?

You need to make an appointment prior to arriving at the testing site, although last-minute appointments are often available. The university has established several campus locations across JHU for mandatory or voluntary testing. Detailed testing site information and hours of operation can be found on the Testing Locations + Schedules page on this website.  

You must have an active MyChart account to participate in the testing and vaccination programs at JHU. Appointments may be made through MyChart (which is also available as a mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play). If you are having issues activating your MyChart, you can call 888-676-3433. 

 

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 11:18am

What if I need to test twice a week but am only on campus once or twice a week?

If you come to campus at all, you are required to test twice each week. Even if you are only on site to work or for class once a week (or not at all some weeks), you will still need to be tested twice each week to remain in compliance. Graduate students should contact their departments for accommodations if coming to campus twice a week presents a hardship.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:11pm

Why are vaccinated students required to test?

Our primary focus is on the health and safety of our university community, and asymptomatic testing remains a powerful control measure towards maintaining the goal of zero on-campus transmission. Additionally, our testing policies are informed by the most successful practices that have emerged from our peer institutions and from emerging data about the pandemic. As such, testing is an additional measure of protection for our community.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 3:58pm

Where should I go for testing? Can I go to an off-campus pharmacy or do an at-home test?

For testing required by the university, you must come to one of several campus testing locations across JHU. All specimen analyses will be conducted by a laboratory that is located within the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and all results will be posted to MyChart. Off-campus tests at local pharmacies and at-home tests are not accepted.

JHU testing sites are also available at any time to all affiliates for elective, optional testing, but affiliates are also free to have elective testing done at locations not affiliated with the university.

 

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:12pm

How do I make a testing appointment?

Appointments can be made through MyChart (also available as a mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play). You must have an active MyChart account to participate in the testing and vaccination programs at JHU. If you are having issues activating your MyChart, call 888-676-3433 or email Testinginfo@jhu.edu.

Also see: Testing locations and schedules

Last updated: April 6, 2022 5:03pm

Which days of the week should I be tested?

You can pick any two days for twice weekly testing, but you cannot be tested on consecutive days.

For the purposes of testing, the new week resets on Monday morning. Prodensity compliance is determined by counting the number of tests taken between Monday and Sunday of the previous week. 

Last updated: Jan 21, 2022 12:45pm

Where is testing available and what are the hours of operation?

The university has established several campus locations across JHU for mandatory or voluntary testing. Detailed testing site information and hours of operation can be found on the Testing Locations + Schedules page on this website. 

Last updated: Aug 9, 2021 4:00pm

What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days. Undergraduates living on campus will be placed into isolation housing; undergraduates living off campus may be placed into isolation housing if capacity exists.

Because the COVID-19 omicron variant appears to develop and spread more quickly than previous variants, our existing manual system of contact tracing is less effective. Instead, we have adopted an automated system in which those who test positive will fill out a form listing their close contacts, and those close contacts will then be notified by email.

Students who test positive through routine testing will be notified and reported to their respective school’s student affairs representative as being “off-duty.” During this time, non-residential students are not permitted to be on-campus and should coordinate with instructors for either remote access or makeup of classwork. The student will be automatically notified that they are cleared and may return to campus on the sixth day if they are free of symptoms (a negative test is not required to return to campus). If a non-residential student continues to have symptoms, they must remain off campus. Residential students must stay in isolation housing or their room (as assigned by Residential Life).

Note: Individuals who have had a confirmed COVID infection are excused from mandatory asymptomatic saliva-based PCR testing for a period of 90 days from the date of infection

Last updated: Jan 28, 2022 4:49pm

If I test positive, will I be notified about what variant I have?

No. Most experts agree that it’s most important to know that you have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, but there’s no real benefit on an individual level to know which specific variant you have. Tracing the emergence of new variants in the community may play a role in the design of public health measures, but it does not affect the management of individual cases.

Last updated: Dec 14, 2021 10:11am

If I plan to live outside of Baltimore, do I need to participate in any of the JHU testing protocols?

No.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 3:04pm

What if I’m traveling or gone for an extended period of time?

If you are away from any Johns Hopkins University/JHM campus for the entire week (from Monday at 12 a.m. to Sunday at 11:59 p.m.), you do not need to be tested. However, if you are on campus at all during a given week—even if only once and very briefly—you will need to adhere to the testing requirement. Please plan accordingly.

Last updated: April 18, 2022 10:07am

Are students in off-site (travel) courses required to test weekly?

No, the testing mandate only applies to students taking classes at D.C. and Baltimore area campuses. Students participating in any off-site class, internship, field study, etc., must adhere to the vaccination mandate (or have an approved exception).

Last updated: Nov 16, 2021 9:54am

How soon can you return to work after a positive COVID-19 test?

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate for five days and must have no symptoms at five days in order to leave isolation; otherwise, they must remain in isolation until they are free of symptoms.

JHU affiliates should not continue to work in-person if they have symptoms of any kind; they may work at home while symptomatic and/or isolating following a positive test if they feel well enough to do so.

Note: Johns Hopkins Medicine has different return to work protocols

Last updated: Jan 20, 2022 12:26pm

Vaccinations

Why is Johns Hopkins University requiring the COVID vaccine?

Multiple vaccines have been demonstrated to provide high levels of protection against the COVID virus with reports of only minimal and brief side effects following administration. Ensuring that the overwhelming percentage of our community’s population is vaccinated will greatly reduce the risk of the virus’s spread on our campuses and will also protect our neighbors in Baltimore.

Johns Hopkins affiliates who are required to be vaccinated—and who were not vaccinated at a Johns Hopkins Medicine facility—can upload a photo of their COVID-19 vaccination record to the JHU Vaccine Management System. Affiliates may also submit an exception request in the VMS.

More information about submitting proof of vaccination to the VMS is available on the COVID Info website.

We encourage anyone interested in learning more about the science of the vaccine to visit Johns Hopkins Medicine’s COVID-19 Vaccine Safety website.

Last updated: July 12, 2021 2:52pm

Who is included in the vaccination mandate?

COVID-19 vaccination and booster are required for all JHU faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students who work or study at a U.S.-based university campus or worksite. That includes:

  • Members of collective bargaining units.
  • Contractors who provide services to the university community and whose primary work location is on university properties located in Maryland or Washington, D.C., regardless of employer, except contractors or vendors whose presence at any JHU property is solely limited to the delivery of goods.
  • Those who are doing business on behalf of the university, including individuals engaged in work-related travel.

Medical and religious exceptions will be made where appropriate.

School of Medicine affiliates will be governed by Johns Hopkins Health System vaccination policies.

“Worksite” includes locations that are not within the Homewood, East Baltimore, or Washington, DC campuses, such as but not limited to Keswick, Mt. Washington, etc.

Visitors who fall under the JHU Visitor Policy (i.e., visiting faculty, students, and scholars) are subject to the vaccination mandate.

Last updated: April 18, 2022 10:05am

How can I share my vaccination credentials?

You can share your vaccination or lab result information quickly, easily and securely, right from MyChart by:

  • Using the MyChart app or website to create a barcode that can be scanned by a participating organization.
  • Downloading a PDF document that includes your barcodes.
  • Exporting your information to another application, such as a health wallet app.

Last updated: Dec 17, 2021 2:29pm

Booster requirement

How will I know when I’m due to get my booster?

You are eligible for a booster if you got your second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine five months ago or more, or the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than two months ago.

Note: The JHU requirement is that a Pfizer or Moderna booster must be completed six months after the date of your last Pfizer/Moderna vaccination or two months after your J&J vaccination (even if you became eligible sooner, based on the type of vaccine that you got). You will have two weeks after the deadline to upload your documentation to the Vaccine Management System.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 1:39pm

Where can I get a COVID booster?

Booster appointments can be made now through MyChart or at state and local vaccination sites and pharmacies.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:00pm

Which boosters are being accepted?

Only mRNA boosters (Pfizer/Moderna) will be accepted. If you already received a J&J booster, you may wait 6 months to get the mRNA booster. If you were vaccinated with a non-FDA-approved vaccine (e.g., Sinopharm, Sinovac, etc.), you are immediately eligible for a booster (you may wait 28 days following your last dose). Only one booster dose (either Pfizer or Moderna) is required for those individuals.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 3:31pm

What if I already had the J&J booster?

If you have already had two shots of the J&J vaccine (a base dose and a J&J booster), you should get a Pfizer or Moderna booster when you become eligible, six months after your second J&J shot. Make sure your J&J booster date is uploaded in the Vaccine Management System.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 1:40pm

How do I upload the booster documentation?

Log in to Vaccine Management System and select “Submit new vaccination.” Then select “COVID-19 Booster” from the drop-down menu (make sure you don’t select “COVID-19”).

Last updated: Dec 27, 2021 8:51am

What if I have recently had COVID? Is it safe to get the booster?

Having had COVID-19 in the past is NOT a permissible criterion for an exception. If you didn’t get monoclonal antibodies during your infection, then you can get the booster as soon as you have left isolation and are symptom-free. At that point you may get boosted at any local pharmacy or doctor’s office. Note: if you prefer to book a booster at a Johns Hopkins clinic or physician’s office, MyChart will only allow you to do so beginning on Day 21 after a positive test.

If you did receive monoclonal antibodies as a part of your treatment, you should wait 90 days before you get the booster.

If you are symptomatic with a COVID-19 infection, you are permitted to delay receiving your booster until symptoms resolve. In these cases, you should request a medical postponement in the Vaccine Management System so that you get the additional time. To do so, log in to VMS and select “Request exception” and the system will lead you through the process.

Last updated: Jan 24, 2022 12:44pm

I got both of the vaccine shots as required, then got COVID. Am I still required to get a booster, or can I get a medical exception?

Having had COVID-19 in the past is NOT a permissible criterion for an exception. If you didn’t get monoclonal antibodies during your infection, then you can get the booster as soon as you have left isolation and are symptom-free. At that point you may get boosted at any local pharmacy or doctor’s office. Note: if you prefer to book a booster at a Johns Hopkins clinic or physician’s office, MyChart will only allow you to do so beginning 10 days after a positive test (20 days if immunosuppressed).

If you did receive monoclonal antibodies as a part of your treatment, you should wait 90 days before you get the booster.

If you are symptomatic with a COVID-19 infection, you are permitted to delay receiving your booster until symptoms resolve. In these cases, you should request a medical postponement in the Vaccine Management System so that you get the additional time. To do so, log in to VMS and select “Request exception” and the system will lead you through the process.

Last updated: Jan 28, 2022 10:07am

What if my COVID shot was not one of the three main vaccines? Do I need to be revaccinated before I get the booster?

If you have gotten a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization but not one authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, you are immediately eligible for a booster (you may wait 28 days following your last dose). Only one booster dose (either Pfizer or Moderna) is required for those individuals. This is a change from previous university policy (which required those with international vaccines to be revaccinated), based on emerging science related to the efficacy of boosters.

Last updated: Dec 27, 2021 8:54am

Vaccination mandate – faculty and staff

Can I take time off to get vaccinated?

Yes. Faculty and staff can take up to two days off to be vaccinated and/or to recover from any side effects of the vaccine. See JHU HR Information Regarding Novel Coronavirus for details.

Last updated: June 30, 2021 12:41pm

Can I take time off to be tested (if I am required to test because I have an exception, or if I choose to be tested voluntarily)?

Yes. You are permitted 30 minutes of time off for testing. (This does not need to be accounted for specifically in your E210 time sheet.)

Last updated: Aug 3, 2021 2:08pm

If I am required to be tested regularly, can I get tested somewhere else besides JHU?

No, you need to be tested at a JHU testing site. We are unable to support testing results from a site other than JHU at this time.

Last updated: Jan 21, 2022 9:52am

What if I need to test twice a week but am only on campus once or twice a week?

If you come to campus at all, you are required to test twice each week. Even if you are only on site to work or for class once a week (or not at all some weeks), you will still need to be tested twice each week to remain in compliance. Graduate students should contact their departments for accommodations if coming to campus twice a week presents a hardship.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:11pm

How do the vaccination policies apply to faculty, students, or staff who may be returning to Johns Hopkins’ U.S.-based worksites from abroad?

If the affiliate was able to be vaccinated abroad with a non-FDA vaccine, those doses will be accepted by JHU. Email a copy of the vaccination documentation to VMS@jhu.edu and it will be uploaded to VMS for you. These affiliates should then get an mRNA booster (either Pfizer or Moderna) to be in compliance with JHU requirements. If the affiliate was not vaccinated abroad, they should start their COVID vaccine in the U.S.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:01pm

Does the mandate apply to university contractors?

The mandate includes non-employees who provide services to the university community and whose primary work location is on university properties located in Maryland or Washington, D.C., regardless of employer, with the exception of contractors or vendors whose presence at any JHU property is solely limited to the delivery of goods.

Last updated: June 9, 2021 12:53pm

Can I ask my colleagues/can they ask me about my status?

Managers and business partners have a business need-to-know in many situations, and are allowed to ask about vaccine status. However, it is not the same for colleagues/peers. Asking why an individual did not receive a vaccination may elicit private information about a disability and forcing a co-worker to disclose a disability could be noncompliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In other words, asking about status is only allowed if it is “job-related and consistent with business necessity,” which means that JHU and managers can ask their direct reports, as can HR business partners. However, peers/colleagues do not have a business necessity to know this. Therefore, while you may be allowed to ask your coworker, they have the right to refuse to tell you (and vice versa).

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:05pm

Who will know my status if I upload my vaccine information to the Vaccine Management System?

Your manager and divisional HR business partner will have access to see your status but will not know why you were granted an exception, if you have one. Managers and HR have permission to access this information for business-related reasons (such as when it is a requirement for working in person), to ensure that everyone is being compliant with the vaccination mandate or the masking and COVID testing requirements associated with an approved exception to the mandate. 

Last updated: July 1, 2021 3:32pm

What are the COVID vaccination requirements for new JHU employees?

All JHU employees (faculty, staff, bargaining unit members, contractors, and postdoctoral fellows), including School of Medicine employees, are required to be vaccinated unless they have obtained an approved exception. JHU accepts both FDA-approved vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, J&J/Janssen) and vaccines administered outside the U.S.; Johns Hopkins Medicine (including the JHU School of Medicine) only accepts FDA-authorized COVID vaccines. In addition, all JHU employees must receive an mRNA COVID booster (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) as soon as they are eligible. All vaccination documentation must be uploaded to the Vaccine Management System (VMS).

New employees may submit a request for a religious or medical exception to the vaccine requirement through the Vaccine Management System (VMS). The request must be submitted and approved within two weeks of the first day of employment.

If the new employee does not show progress toward compliance with the vaccination requirement, they will be out of compliance and should not be on-campus until they complete the required steps.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:02pm

Vaccination exceptions – faculty and staff

Are there exceptions to the vaccination mandate?

Yes. Medical and religious exceptions will be made using the standard vaccine exemption process in the Vaccine Management System.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 2:53pm

What additional requirements are in place for faculty/staff with vaccination exceptions?

Testing requirements for affiliates who have not been vaccinated and/or have not received the booster, and who do not work at the School of Medicine, are:

  • Vaccinated faculty and staff with the booster – no mandated testing
  • ALL students, staff, and faculty who have not received the COVID vaccine and booster – 2x/week

Face-coverings continue to be required in indoor settings for faculty, staff, and students who are not fully vaccinated and boosted.

Last updated: March 18, 2022 7:02am

If I have an exception, can I work from home to avoid masking/testing?

Having an exception does not automatically grant employees permission to work from home. Employees should work with their manager and divisional HR director if they need additional accommodations such as fully remote work. In addition, they may be required to submit an accommodation request.

Last updated: June 30, 2021 12:38pm

Vaccination mandate – international students

Which vaccines are accepted?

JHU accepts both FDA-approved vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, J&J/Janssen) and vaccines administered outside the U.S.; Johns Hopkins Medicine (including the JHU School of Medicine) only accepts FDA-authorized COVID vaccines. In addition, all JHU affiliates must receive an mRNA Covid booster (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) as soon as they are eligible (the booster is not required for School of Medicine affiliates). All vaccination documentation must be uploaded to the Vaccine Management System (VMS).

Only mRNA boosters (Pfizer/Moderna) will be accepted. If you already received a J&J booster, you may wait six months to get the mRNA booster. If you were vaccinated with a non-FDA-approved vaccine (e.g., Sinopharm, Sinovac, etc.), you are immediately eligible for a booster (you may wait 28 days following your last dose). Only one booster dose (either Pfizer or Moderna) is required for those individuals.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:04pm

What should I do if I only need a second dose, because I received a first dose of an FDA-authorized vaccine while living abroad?

For those who may have received a first dose of an FDA-authorized vaccine abroad and only need to receive a second dose of an FDA-authorized vaccine, please be sure to bring any paperwork you have that shows the vaccination information and date of vaccination. After you are vaccinated, you must upload proof of both vaccines in one submission. (The Vaccine Management System allows submission of multiple documents, so please submit any proof of vaccine and English translations for documents in languages other than English.) 

While you are permitted to be vaccinated at any U.S. pharmacy or other vaccination location, it may be easiest to get a second dose through Johns Hopkins University or Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:05pm

Can I receive only one dose of an FDA vaccine as a booster if I have already been vaccinated with a non-FDA vaccine?

Yes, individuals who work or study outside of the School of Medicine may receive one booster dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).

If you work or study in the School of Medicine, you must follow Johns Hopkins Health System guidance and are required to be revaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J).

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 3:50pm

Vaccination Exceptions – students

Will exceptions for vaccination be granted? What is the process?

Requests for exceptions should be made through the Vaccine Management System (VMS). Medical and religious exceptions will be granted with appropriate documentation.

Note that the only true medical contraindications to the COVID-19 vaccine are 1) a severe anaphylactic reaction to a prior dose of one of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (requiring the use of epinephrine or EpiPen) or 2) an allergy to a component of the vaccine.

If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Affiliates may request a medical exception to wait to get the vaccine until the 90-days has elapsed.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 3:50pm

What additional requirements will be in place for students with approved vaccination exceptions?

All students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to test twice a week. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 3:51pm

Should students with medical exceptions to vaccination apply for accommodations via SDS to get single rooms?

Students are not eligible for special accommodations solely because of the COVID-19 vaccine exception per se. Students may be eligible for accommodations if the medical exception is based on a condition that itself would qualify them for a single room.

Last updated: June 8, 2021 9:01am

VMS: How to Submit Proof of Vaccination or Request an Exception

How do I report my vaccination status?

All JHU affiliates must log in to the Vaccine Management System (VMS) to upload their flu, COVID, and COVID booster vaccination documentation.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 3:53pm

How will the university verify COVID vaccine records from other countries in other languages?

The university asks that vaccination documentation in other languages be translated (and certified) before they are uploaded to the forthcoming Vaccine Management System. All affiliates will electronically sign their submission to affirm that the information that they provided is accurate.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:15pm

Is the university contemplating an antibody test (or some other proof of immunity) after vaccination?

No.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:16pm

How can JHU ask about my vaccine status? Isn’t this a HIPAA violation?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has confirmed that Federal EEO laws do not prevent an employer from requiring all employees physically entering the workplace to be vaccinated for COVID-19, so long as employers provide reasonable accommodations and other EEO considerations. The EEOC does not consider questions about vaccination status to be medical inquiries. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, provides protections for patients’ confidential health information, and it covers what your health care provider can share with others—not employers and what they can ask for.

Last updated: June 23, 2021 5:01pm

What file types are acceptable for uploading proof of vaccination?

You can upload a JPEG, HEIC (iPhone), or PNG photo of your vaccination card or a PDF copy of a vaccination record.

Last updated: July 22, 2021 10:45am

What do I do if I lost my vaccination card?

If you were vaccinated in Maryland; West Virginia; or Washington, D.C., you can register and obtain your COVID-19 vaccination record from Maryland MyIR, a free website service that allows consumers to view and print copies of their official vaccination records directly from ImmuNet, Maryland’s immunization information system. Just register, download or print a copy of your certification of vaccination, and upload it into VMS.

If you were not vaccinated in Maryland, your doctor’s office or the location where you were vaccinated (e.g., CVS, Walgreens, etc.) should also have a record and you should reach out to them to get a copy. You may also be able to locate this on your patient portal or on the pharmacy website under prescription records or immunization record.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:07pm

Vaccination+Testing Compliance

How can I share my vaccination credentials?

You can share your vaccination or lab result information quickly, easily and securely, right from MyChart by:

  • Using the MyChart app or website to create a barcode that can be scanned by a participating organization.
  • Downloading a PDF document that includes your barcodes.
  • Exporting your information to another application, such as a health wallet app.

Last updated: Dec 17, 2021 2:29pm

Who is responsible for overseeing student/trainee compliance with vaccination and testing requirements?

Student Affairs staff, who have been designated in each school to have access to the Vaccine Management System, are responsible for identifying students/trainees who are out of compliance with either uploading their vaccination documentation or receiving an exception and will follow-up with them individually.

They also receive regular reports on compliance with mandatory testing requirements and will follow up with those students/trainees who are not following the required testing frequency.

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 8:21am

Can an instructor/mentor ask their students/trainees about their vaccination status or ask to see their Prodensity pass?

No. Instructors cannot ask about the vaccination status of their students/trainees, ask whether they plan to be vaccinated, or require a student/trainee to show their Prodensity pass. Asking about a student/trainee’s vaccination status may prompt disclosure of disability-related information or information regarding existing health conditions that are relevant to the vaccination.

Unlike when students receive a disability accommodation through the Office of Disability Services, any adjustments to the student’s/trainee’s academic activities due to vaccination status or testing noncompliance will be communicated to the student and instructor/mentor by the school’s Student/Academic Affairs office.

If a student receives accommodations through disability services, instructors/mentors should not assume they are related to a student’s vaccination status.

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 8:40am

Will I be notified about the unvaccinated students/trainees in my class/lab/studio?

No.  Divisional Student/Academic Affairs staff are provided this information for business-related reasons to ensure that students/trainees are being compliant with the university’s vaccination mandate and COVID testing requirements.

Last updated: Aug 30, 2021 4:01pm

Can I forbid unvaccinated students/trainees from participating in events in my class/lab/studio? Can I change instructional or research activities of unvaccinated students/trainees?

No. Any adjustments to the student/trainee’s activities, including participations in class/lab/studio activities, will be communicated by the school’s Student/Academic Affairs office to both the instructor and the student/trainee.

Last updated: Aug 30, 2021 4:02pm

Can a student/trainee ask their instructors or peer students/trainees about their vaccination status?

No. Students/trainees are reminded that vaccine status is personal information, and just as instructors cannot ask students/trainees themselves, they also cannot ask to know the vaccine status of their instructors or peers.

Last updated: Aug 30, 2021 4:02pm

What if a student/trainee is not comfortable being in a class/lab/studio with an unvaccinated instructor/mentor or unvaccinated peer students/trainees?

In addition to vaccinations, the university has continued to implement policies and procedures to maintain a safe environment for all affiliates.  This includes continued attention to building ventilation and filtration, use of indoor face-coverings, limiting the overall size of in-person classes and events unless special permission has been granted, and testing mandates (e.g., those who have an approved vaccination exception).  Absences will not be excused for students/trainees who choose to miss in-person required classes because of these concerns.

Last updated: Aug 30, 2021 4:03pm

University travel

What is the university’s guidance on travel at this time?

While there are currently no university-wide travel restrictions:

  • JHU and JHM personnel who have an approved exception or are not yet fully vaccinated are strongly advised to avoid work-related and personal travel.
  • Asymptomatic saliva testing is available before and after travel. People who have symptoms, however, should not visit a testing site without contacting the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center.
  • Before planning any travel, please refer to the domestic travel guidanceand international travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, check the COVID-19 situation at your destination before traveling, and follow public health guidance according to the CDC risk level. If you are traveling internationally, also become familiar with specific policies in your destination country and follow requirements for vaccines, testing, and quarantine, which can vary widely.
  • Be careful about your activities and observe good health practices once your reach your destination, not just during travel to get there. When traveling for work, be sure to evaluate the precautions being taken by meeting hosts, and continue to be vigilant and to perform masking and distancing when in public, especially when in larger groups.
  • Upon return, if you or anyone in your party has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other flulike symptoms, please call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Centerat 443-287-8500 for guidance regarding work.

Last updated: Jan 24, 2022 4:01pm

Are external speakers/consultants still allowed to travel to JHU for meetings/conferences?

Yes.

Last updated: Oct 19, 2021 10:26am