COVID-19-Related Policies

The following policies have been developed by Johns Hopkins University in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the interest of ensuring the health and safety the university’s faculty, staff, students, and surrounding communities.

Mandatory flu vaccine policy

Updated Nov. 19, 2020

All JHU affiliates who will be performing on-campus duties or activities must receive an influenza vaccination for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, or receive an exception to the requirement. This policy also applies to contractors, vendors, and volunteers, regardless of employer, who perform work on any Johns Hopkins property.

This policy is intended to maximize vaccination rates against influenza among Johns Hopkins students and employees, to protect against influenza infection, and to help the university manage COVID-19.

Where to get a flu shot

The flu shot is available for free and can be obtained in one of several ways:

  • All students and full- and part-time employees can get a free flu shot at any Walgreens pharmacy anywhere in the United States using the voucher provided by Johns Hopkins (valid through March 1, 2021). This voucher will also allow Walgreens to automatically inform Johns Hopkins that you have been vaccinated, and no additional action will be necessary. However, we do encourage you to keep proof of vaccination for your own records.
  • Anyone covered by the Johns Hopkins CareFirst, EHP health plan, or student health plan can get a flu shot at no cost from any in-network Express Scripts pharmacy, which includes most major pharmacies, or from their in-network primary care physician. Kaiser Permanente participants should make an appointment with their primary care physician. If you choose this option, Hopkins will not be automatically informed, so please obtain documentation from the provider and enter it in the self-submission site as soon as possible after you have received the vaccine.
  • For affiliates who are currently working on one of our campuses, there will be a limited number of on-site flu vaccination clinics. You can check the schedule and sign up for an appointment on the HSE website. Please note that all on-site vaccination clinics this year are by appointment only, in order to ensure proper physical distancing and other protective measures. If you are currently working remotely, we encourage you to take advantage of the Walgreens partnership, your local pharmacy, or your physician’s office instead.
  • Flu shots will be offered in January during undergraduate residential move-in. However, we highly recommend that students receive the flu shot prior to January since we are currently in flu season.
  • The Prodensity application will incorporate compliance and will turn the campus pass to red for anyone who has not had their flu shot.


Help us protect each other

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Cover your face

Always wear a mask on campus

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Wash your hands

Wash or sanitize hands often and don't touch your face

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Distance yourself

Keep six feet between you and others

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If you have symptoms

Self-isolate and call 833-546-7546 right away