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University operations

What do I need to know if I want to come to campus?

Individuals who are on-campus need to be aware of the following requirements:

  • Faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students who have uploaded vaccine documentation to VMS will no longer be required to wear face-coverings indoors, as well as to visiting faculty, scholars, and students.
  • Face-coverings will continue to be required in indoor settings for faculty, staff, and students who are not fully vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated campus guests will be required to wear face-coverings while on the property. By not wearing a face-covering, guests are self-attesting that they have been fully vaccinated.
  • No smoking or vaping.
  • Students, employees, and contractors who are on-campus must complete a daily health check using Prodensity.

As of July 1, unvaccinated affiliates who are on campus must test twice weekly.

Last updated: July 12, 2021 8:49am

Can events be held on campus?

Yes. Outdoor events can be held without any capacity limits, but indoor events are limited to 50 persons unless special permission has been granted. Special permission is also required for food at indoor events (no restrictions for outdoor). Please email the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer at CAO-Office@jhu.edu with questions or to request permission.

Last updated: June 23, 2021 5:15pm

Are visitors and guests allowed on campus?

Both Visitors and Guests are welcome at JHU.  

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 JHED, they should upload proof of vaccination status like all other faculty, staff, and students. 

Guests: All others are considered “guests,” who are not subject to vaccination mandates. Unvaccinated campus guests will be required to wear face coverings while on the property. By not wearing a face-covering, guests are self-attesting that they have been fully vaccinated. 

Last updated: June 23, 2021 5:14pm

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

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

The university’s travel policies have returned to normal effective July 1, 2021.

Last updated: July 12, 2021 8:50am

How does the university’s phased approach align with the state of Maryland and Baltimore City?

The university is guided by the types of activity allowed by both the state and the city along with its own evaluation of public health and medical advice from Johns Hopkins experts.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:47pm

What are the current shuttle schedules?

As of July 1, the following changes are in place regarding JHU Transportation Services: 

  • Capacity restrictions have been lifted on buses and shuttle vans. Buses may return to carrying all seated plus standing passengers.  Shuttle vans may carry up to 14 passengers. 
  • Face coverings are still required at all times while on board all JHU buses and shuttle vans. 
  • The Homewood-Peabody-JHMI route has returned to its normal schedule. See full schedule 
  • Service is expected to be restored to both the Remington and the Homewood-Mt. Washington Express routes in early August; when available, exact start dates and routes / schedules will be posted on the Shuttles page and communicated through Transportation Services social media, the TransLoc apps, the Hub, and Today’s Announcements. 
  • Hop Van rentals are once again become available, to be driven by faculty, staff, and students who have completed the Hop Van Student Driver Certification program. Vans may carry their normal capacity of 7 or 8 total occupants. Face coverings are still required at all times while on board a JHU Hop Van. New Hop Van Student Driver certifications are expected to resume at some point in August, but students wishing to begin the certification process may complete the online training program and submit their release forms allowing for a driving record check per the process outlined on the Hop Van Rentals page.

Last updated: July 12, 2021 2:40pm

Academics + Student Experience

Will students and faculty be required to be on campus?

Yes, with the exception of large (greater than 50-person) lectures, which will be conducted online or broken into smaller sections for both public health and pedagogical reasons. Faculty and students at heightened risk for severe outcomes from COVID may seek accommodations through the Office of Institutional Equity or the Office of Student Disability Services, respectively.  

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:18pm

Will all courses have remote/online options?

No. Courses will not be required to have online or remote options. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:18pm

What about international students who may be unable to travel to the United States?

We recognize that international students may continue to experience disruptions in their plans to travel to Baltimore; program directors and advising services will work with those students to help identify opportunities for them to continue to make progress in their studies, but hybrid options will not be available in all classes. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:19pm

What grading policies will be in place this fall?

Grading policies will be determined by individual divisions, but the expectation is that most will return to pre-COVID policies. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:19pm

Will first-years and sophomores be required to live on campus?

Yes. Our residence halls will operate at near normal capacity in the fall, and we will reinstate the residency requirement for sophomores and maintain it for first-year students. 

Last updated: April 9, 2021 11:35am

Will student dining facilities be open?

Yes. We anticipate that campus dining facilities will be open for in-person dining at a reduced density, with exact requirements to be determined based on public health conditions closer to the fall. In addition, we will retain the temporary structure on the Freshman Quad to provide additional dining space. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:21pm

What will the university do if students have exposure to COVID-19 or test positive?

Our hope is that we will have limited exposure/positive tests given the vaccine mandate. However, to be cautious, we will continue to provide a substantial number of quarantine and isolation accommodations for residential students as well as isolation accommodations for any students living off-campus who are deemed in need by our health and wellness team. Students who receive a negative test after being informed that they have been exposed to COVID-19 will still have to quarantine for 14 days, since it is possible to get a false positive from a test. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 6:54pm

Vaccinations

Will Johns Hopkins provide vaccinations for JHU affiliates?

All Johns Hopkins affiliates in Maryland and Washington, D.C., can schedule a vaccination appointment through Johns Hopkins Medicine in MyChart. Johns Hopkins University is also hosting a series of clinics where faculty, staff, students, and contractors can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations are free and staff can use COVID-19 vaccine leave for time off while they receive or recover from the vaccination. Visit the COVID Vaccine Information site for updates.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 11:30am

Is there anything I need to do before I can schedule a vaccination at a Johns Hopkins physician office or JHM clinic?

If you don’t already have a MyChart account, you may receive an email asking you to activate your account. MyChart is a secure website and mobile app used by Johns Hopkins Medicine that can be used to schedule COVID-19 tests and vaccinations, if you need them in the future. If you have any questions about MyChart, please send an email to Testinginfo@jhu.edu.

Last updated: June 29, 2021 3:07pm

Vaccination mandate – general information

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 will be required for all faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students who will be working or studying at a U.S.-based university campus or worksite, beginning August 1. That includes:

  • Members of non-clinical departments at the School of Medicine; members of clinical departments will be governed by Johns Hopkins Health System vaccination policies.
  • 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. Affiliates who are pregnant or attempting to get pregnant may also request an exception.

“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: July 1, 2021 2:08pm

Who is exempt from the mandate?

Individuals who are, with permission of their supervisor, working in a fully remote capacity and do not visit any Johns Hopkins worksite or third-party location on behalf of JHU are exempt from the COVID-19 vaccination mandate. 

Contractors or vendors whose presence at any JHU property is solely limited to the delivery of goods are exempt. 

Students who are enrolled in entirely online programs and do not utilize Johns Hopkins facilities, and non-degree and non-credit students, including those attending the Peabody Preparatory, are exempt. 

Guests (individuals who are on campus and not subject to the JHU Visitor Policy), which includes those on campus for short periods for tours, meetings, and public events are exempt. 

Medical and religious exceptions will be made where appropriate using our standard vaccine exemption processes. Those who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant may also seek an exception. The deadline to apply for an exemption exception is August 1.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:50pm

When will the mandate take effect?

Those covered by the mandate will be required to submit proof of vaccination or apply for a medical, religious, or pregnancy exception by Aug. 1.

The university will provide free vaccination upon arrival for those traveling to a U.S.-based campus or worksite from abroad. Until individuals are fully vaccinated, they will be required to mask when indoors (even if masks are not broadly required) and be tested twice weekly.

Last updated: July 12, 2021 2:53pm

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.

Last updated: June 30, 2021 12:34pm

How does the policy apply to faculty or staff who may be traveling/returning to Johns Hopkins’ U.S.-based campuses or worksites from abroad?

For those faculty or staff from abroad who may not have access to a U.S.- or World Health Organization-authorized vaccine before returning to campus, we will offer a grace period and allow them until September 30 to submit proof of vaccination. The university will provide free vaccination upon arrival for those traveling to a U.S.-based campus or worksite from abroad. Until individuals are fully vaccinated, they will be required to mask when indoors (even if masks are not broadly required) and be tested twice weekly.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 1:57pm

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

Will vaccinated individuals need to continue with COVID-19 safety protocols?

No. As of July 1, vaccinated individuals who have submitted documentation to JHU’s Vaccine Management System are no longer required to wear face-coverings indoors. Those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering when indoors and be tested twice-weekly.

Last updated: July 12, 2021 3:39pm

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

For new employees starting after August 1, by when should they be vaccinated?

All JHU employees are required to be vaccinated. If a new employee has not been vaccinated before the first day of employment, there is a 6-week grace period to complete the full vaccination process (including both doses of a two-dose vaccine). Proof of vaccination should be uploaded to VMS as soon as possible, and no later than 6 weeks after the first day of employment.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:06pm

Will influenza vaccination be required this year?

Yes. In addition to using the Vaccine Management System to submit proof of COVID vaccination, affiliates will also need to use the Vaccine Management System to submit proof of influenza vaccination this fall. The 2021 deadline is November 19, 2021. More details will be provided when the system comes online.

Last updated: June 9, 2021 12:53pm

Vaccination exceptions – faculty and staff

Are there exceptions to the vaccination mandate?

Yes. Medical and religious exceptions will be made where appropriate using our standard vaccination exception processes. Those who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant may also seek an exception.

Affiliates can apply for an exception using JHU Vaccine Management System. Requests are due by Aug. 1. Additional details on how to submit and on required documentation can be found on the COVID Info website.

Last updated: July 12, 2021 3:41pm

What are the medical criteria for COVID vaccination exceptions?

The only true 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.

NOTE: Having had COVID-19 in the past is NOT a permissible criterion for an exception.

Last updated: June 23, 2021 12:21pm

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

Testing requirements will be increased for affiliates who have not been vaccinated. The requirements are:

  • Vaccinated faculty and staff – no mandated testing
  • ALL unvaccinated students, staff, and faculty – 2x/week

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

Last updated: June 23, 2021 5:17pm

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 – students

Are vaccinations required for students?

Yes. All JHU undergraduate and graduate students who will be on-campus in the United States attending classes, performing duties, and/or participating in on-campus activities will be required to upload documentation of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine or receive an exception.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:11pm

What should I do if I am arriving on campus and am not yet fully vaccinated, e.g. not 2 weeks post my final vaccination date?

Please upload your vaccination information as soon as your second vaccination is complete. Upon arrival at JHU you will need to receive a COVID test at one of our testing centers and isolate until you receive a negative result. Until you are considered “fully vaccinated” (two weeks after your final vaccine), you will need to wear a mask indoors and be tested 2X/week. Once you have uploaded your documentation and waited the requisite amount of time to be considered fully vaccinated, you can stop masking/testing. Anyone coming to campus from an international location who has not been fully vaccinated will be given a 6-week grace period to comply with the requirements, allowing them ample time to complete whatever steps are necessary upon return to JHU. 

Last updated: July 1, 2021 2:20pm

Should students who are unvaccinated arrive earlier in order to get the vaccine?

No, it is not required to arrive early solely for vaccination purposes. Students who are unable to receive the vaccine in their home country/state may arrive on time and start their vaccinations upon arrival. JHU will provide clinics during move-in days.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:00pm

Vaccination mandate – international students

Which vaccines will be accepted for international students?

If an international student uploads proof of any of the following vaccines, they will be classified as “vaccinated” by the university: 

  • AstraZeneca
  • CoviShield 
  • J&J/Janssen 
  • Moderna 
  • Pfizer 
  • Sinopharm 
  • Sinovac 

Johns Hopkins recognizes that students in China who received the Sinopharm vaccine may have vaccination documentation that refers to the (1) Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd. or (2) Wuhan Institute of Biological Products. The VMS review team is aware of these alternate names for the Sinopharm vaccine. When submitting your documentation, even if it lists one of these other names, please select “Sinopharm” from the drop-down menu to expedite review and approval.

If the student received a vaccine that has not received WHO emergency use authorization, they will be revaccinated with one of the vaccines that is approved for use in the U.S. 

Last updated: July 5, 2021 7:05am

What if I am returning to JHU from abroad and am not yet considered “fully vaccinated”? What should I do? Is there a grace period?

If you have received two doses of a WHO-authorized vaccine (see FAQ above), please upload the documentation as soon as you have it. You can also obtain a vaccine when you arrive in the U.S. at any vaccination site or through Johns Hopkins. Upon arrival at JHU you will need to receive a COVID test at one of our testing centers and isolate until you receive a negative result. Until you are considered “fully vaccinated” (two weeks after your final vaccine), you will need to wear a mask indoors and be tested 2X/week. Once you have uploaded your documentation and waited the requisite amount of time to be considered fully vaccinated, you can stop masking/testing. International students will be given a 6-week grace period to comply with the requirements, allowing them ample time to complete whatever steps are necessary upon return to JHU. 

You will not be considered out of compliance as long as you complete your vaccination within the 6-week grace period, upload your documentation during that time, and continue masking/testing until fully vaccinated. 

Last updated: July 1, 2021 2:22pm

How does the policy apply to international students traveling to Johns Hopkins’ U.S.-based campuses from abroad?

For those international students arriving from abroad who may not have access to a U.S.- or World Health Organization-authorized vaccine before returning to campus, we will offer a grace period and allow them until September 30 to submit proof of vaccination. The university will provide free vaccination upon arrival for those traveling to a U.S.-based campus or worksite from abroad. Until individuals are fully vaccinated, they will be required to mask when indoors (even if masks are not broadly required) and be tested twice weekly.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:01pm

What will happen if a student receives one dose of a two-dose vaccine in their home country and doesn’t complete the series before they arrive on campus?

If a student arrives with one dose of a vaccine that is authorized in the US, we will give them the 2nd dose. If they arrive with one dose of a vaccine that is not authorized for use in the US, we will give them a full course of a US-authorized vaccine.

If the student can get a first dose in their home country (but does not have time for the second), we recommend that they go ahead and get it, regardless of whether the vaccine is authorized in the U.S.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:02pm

If a student gets the first dose of a two-dose vaccine, but doesn’t get the second dose on time, do they have to repeat the full series?

No. The student should get the second dose, regardless of the interval.

Last updated: May 20, 2021 1:46pm

Can students receive U.S. FDA-approved boosters if they received an initial foreign COVID-19 vaccine?

This will be determined once we know more about if/when boosters will be recommended.

Last updated: May 19, 2021 3:54pm

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. In addition, affiliates who are pregnant or attempting to get pregnant may request an exception.

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: June 22, 2021 12:13pm

What are the medical criteria for COVID vaccination exceptions?

The only true 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.

NOTE: Having had COVID-19 in the past is NOT a permissible criterion for an exception.

Last updated: June 23, 2021 12:21pm

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

Testing requirements will be increased for affiliates who have not been vaccinated. The requirements are:

  • Vaccinated residential (residence hall) students – 1x/week
  • Vaccinated non-residential students – no mandated testing
  • ALL unvaccinated students, staff, and faculty who have obtained an exception – 2x/week

If the mask requirement is lifted for vaccinated affiliates, masks will still be required for unvaccinated affiliates.

Last updated: June 23, 2021 12:21pm

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?

The university has created a Vaccine Management System (VMS) for reporting vaccine status, similar to the system used to report flu vaccination. All JHU affiliates must log into VMS to upload their documentation by August 1. Affiliates who were vaccinated at a JHM clinic and who provided consent for JHU to access their vaccine record upon logging into the VMS will not need to do anything further. 

Last updated: July 1, 2021 2:13pm

Do I still need to use Prodensity once I have uploaded proof of vaccination or received an exception?

Yes. All students, employees, and contractors who are on-campus must complete a daily health check using Prodensity. If you are 100% remote or online, you should change your status to indicate you will not be coming on campus using Prodensity. For more information, read a Prodensity tutorial on how to ensure your status is up-to-date.

Last updated: July 5, 2021 6:59am

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, 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 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: July 1, 2021 2:18pm

Health + Safety

I feel ill or am concerned about exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. What should I do?

All Johns Hopkins affiliates (students, trainees, staff, and faculty) are strongly encouraged to use Johns Hopkins resources when symptomatic or concerned about exposure. Anyone who feels ill or is concerned about exposure is encouraged to call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center at 833-546-7546, seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The call center is staffed by Johns Hopkins nurses and physicians and specially trained nursing and medical students. When you call, a representative will instruct you about next steps depending on your circumstances. They will arrange for testing if needed, assist in transmitting information to Occupational Health, and conduct contact notification. Further, the caller will be given instructions regarding quarantine before a test can be secured. The criteria for testing are updated on a regular basis, and the most current criteria will be used when there is an assessment over the phone.

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: Dec 16, 2020 3:38pm

Can you receive the flu vaccine and the COVID vaccine on the same day?

Yes.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:16pm

Can you receive vaccines other than the flu vaccine on the same day as the COVID vaccine?

No vaccines other than the flu vaccine should be given during the time period of two weeks prior to the first COVID vaccine through two weeks following the final COVID vaccine.

Last updated: June 4, 2021 11:15am

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, but no longer than 90 days. 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: June 22, 2021 12:16pm

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 can I be sure that the facilities are ready to receive everyone back at the same time?

Divisional business officers, HR managers, IT managers, and others have worked to ensure that facilities will be open and ready for staff and faculty to return, and will be communicating plans to unit leaders. If you have specific questions, please contact your supervisor or HR manager.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:21pm

Where will I eat safely?

Spaces for eating will be available both in undistanced format (for those who are vaccinated) and distanced format (open to all and required for those who are unvaccinated).

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:21pm

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?

Current CDC guidelines allow for anyone who is not severely immunocompromised to return to work if they meet the following criteria:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset or asymptomatic testing
  2. At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without using fever-reducing medications
  3. Symptoms have improved.

Employees who believe they have met this criteria should call the Occupational Health Services at the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center (410-614-6000) for an evaluation and clearance to return to work. Individuals who were first notified of the employee’s “off-duty” status will be informed by OHS that they are cleared to “return to duty.”

Students who need clearance to return to class should be instructed to do the following:

  • Students from the schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing should contact University Health Services at 410-955-3250 for an evaluation and clearance to return to class. Individuals who were first notified of the student’s “off-duty” status will be informed by UHS that they are cleared to “return to class.”
  • Students of any other JHU school should contact the Student Health and Wellness Center at 410-516-8270 for an evaluation and clearance to return to class. Individuals who were first notified of the student’s “off-duty” status will be informed by SHWC that they are cleared to “return to class.”

Last updated: July 23, 2020 9:10pm

Why are residential undergraduates required to test even if they have been vaccinated?

Our testing policies are informed by the most successful practices that have emerged from our peer institutions and from emerging data about the pandemic.  

Undergraduates, because they typically live in congregate settings, tend to be at higher risk of contracting COVID, and of spreading it to a larger number of people, making early detection of asymptomatic cases particularly important in this group. As such, testing is an additional measure of protection for our community. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:25pm

What are the current distancing requirements?

Physical distancing requirements have been lifted indoors and outdoors, including in elevators and bathrooms. Capacity restrictions have also been lifted on buses and shuttle vans.

Physical distancing is required for unvaccinated affiliates when eating indoors (in addition to the masking and testing requirements outlined on this website). Spaces for eating will be available both in distanced and undistanced formats.

Last updated: July 20, 2021 10:05am

What is being 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: June 25, 2021 12:45pm

Prodensity Health Checks and Diagnostic Testing

What is Prodensity and who needs to use it?

Faculty, staff (including bargaining unit staff), and students who come to campus to work, study, or for any other reason are required to complete a daily health check on the Prodensity mobile app or website.

A short questionnaire asks specific questions to assess whether a user has COVID-19 symptoms and/or risk of exposure to COVID-19. Answers yield a campus pass, which, along with testing and vaccine compliance, can be used to grant or deny access to campus and other university resources, including Wi-Fi and J-Cards. The campus pass expires after 12 hours. You may not report to campus unless you have a green campus pass.

You may opt to receive Prodensity reminder emails through your myJH Profile. Affiliates identified as on-campus without a green pass may be automatically enrolled in reminder emails.

Last updated: June 25, 2021 9:50am

Why can’t I download the Prodensity app?

If you are an international affiliate, your app settings may need to be changed, because Prodensity is only available on the US-based app stores for Apple and Google. Apple users should follow the instructions at this link to create a US-based account.

Google users should following the instructions at this link.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 3:06pm

Do I still need to use Prodensity once I have uploaded proof of vaccination or received an exception?

Yes. All students, employees, and contractors who are on-campus must complete a daily health check using Prodensity. If you are 100% remote or online, you should change your status to indicate you will not be coming on campus using Prodensity. For more information, read a Prodensity tutorial on how to ensure your status is up-to-date.

Last updated: July 5, 2021 6:59am

How do I complete my daily health check if I do not have a smart phone?

Go to https://prodensity.jh.edu/welcome and scroll down to the blue box labeled “Complete Health Check” in the “Take the COVID Health Check” section of the site, midway down the page.

Last updated: July 21, 2021 1:37pm

I’m concerned that I will be falsely reported for being out of compliance with the Prodensity daily health check if the JHU network detects I’ve connected to Wi-Fi when I am close to campus but not on campus. What is being done to address this?

JHU affiliates will only be identified as “on campus” if their Wi-Fi is detected for over an hour at two different on-campus access points. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that affiliates do not leave Wi-Fi enabled devices in office locations overnight. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 3:05pm

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

The university has established six 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: June 25, 2021 9:29am

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

Employee parking

How are parking rates changing for the upcoming fiscal year?

For the third year in a row, monthly permit parking rates will remain unchanged throughout JHU. 

Last updated: July 1, 2021 2:28pm

How do I reinstate my parking?
  • Homewood, School of Education, Keswick, Mt. Washington, and Eastern employees should go here to re-apply for parking and set up payment. 
  • All other facilities should contact their DBO or parking office to confirm how to reinstate parking if needed. 
  • Note: If employees forget whether they stopped parking in the first place, the best way to check is to look at a recent pay stub to confirm whether it is being deducted. 

Last updated: July 1, 2021 2:29pm

Will daily rates be available?

Yes, garages that did not previously offer daily rates will be doing so. Homewood, Keswick, Mt. Washington, and Eastern employees will also be able to buy a 12-pack of daily parking passes for the price of 10. To purchase visit the Parking website. 

Last updated: July 1, 2021 2:44pm

What will shuttle service be like in the fall?
  • As of July 1, capacity restrictions have been lifted on buses and shuttle vans.  Buses may return to carrying all seated plus standing passengers. Shuttle vans may carry up to 14 passengers. 
  • Masking guidance will follow university guidance; masking only required for unvaccinated persons. 
  • The Homewood-Peabody-JHMI route has returned to its normal schedule. See full schedule
  • Service will be restored to both the Remington and the Homewood-Mt. Washington Express routes in early August; when available, exact start dates, routes, and schedules will be posted on Transportation Services Shuttle website, on the Hub, in Today’s Announcements, and shared through Transportation Services’ social media and TransLoc apps. 

Last updated: July 12, 2021 3:44pm