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 March 23, 2021

Now that the threat of the 2020-2021 seasonal flu has waned, we are no longer requiring proof of flu vaccination in order to be on campus. Any affiliates who have not yet returned to campus but who may be approved to do so in the next several months will not need to obtain a flu shot for the recent 2020-2021 flu season.  

For the upcoming 2021-2022 flu season, we will once again be requiring a flu vaccination for affiliates on our campuses. Later this year, we will share details about compliance deadlines, as well as how to submit proof of flu vaccination or any religious or medical exemptions. 

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.