COVID Vaccination Information

A COVIDS vaccine dose is drawn from a vial

Updated April 9, 2021

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.

Maryland Vaccine Distribution

All Marylanders 16 and older are now eligible for vaccination at Maryland’s mass vaccination sites. On April 12, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination through all providers. For more information, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.

At this time, Hopkins affiliates who have been vaccinated still must adhere to the university’s COVID testing requirements.

Vaccination Expectations for JHU Affiliates

Given the importance of mass vaccination in protecting our community, we will require all students coming or returning to our campuses in the United States this fall, and who do not require religious or health exemptions, to be vaccinated. We strongly urge, and may soon require, all faculty and staff to be vaccinated as well. 

JHU will seek to facilitate opportunities for students who are unable to get vaccinated in their home jurisdictions to be vaccinated when they arrive on campus in the fall. We are also working to make on-campus vaccination available for all members of the Hopkins community.

The university is in the process of establishing a system for affiliates to register their vaccination status, which will aid decisions about the appropriate level of public health protections over the summer and fall. More information on the registration process will be available in the coming weeks.

To learn more about the science of the vaccine, visit Johns Hopkins Medicine’s COVID-19 Vaccine Safety website.

Shuttles to M&T Bank Stadium vaccination site

The Blue Jay Shuttle is pleased to offer transportation between the Homewood campus and the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at M&T Bank Stadium, starting Saturday, April 10. 

Affiliates wishing to use the service should first confirm an appointment at the vaccination site through https://massvax.maryland.gov/. If affiliates are planning to use the Blue Jay Shuttle to get to and from the site, we recommend those appointments to be between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. 

  • Rides to and from the site must be booked in advance using the TransLoc App or at http://ondemand.transloc.com. They may be scheduled up to five days in advance.
  • Rides are available daily departing MSE Library for M&T Bank Stadium at the top of each hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Return trips from M&T Bank Stadium to MSE Library are available 30 minutes past each hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
  • Rides booked at times not conforming to this pattern will be declined and passengers will need to re-book using the time windows provided.
  • Travel time is usually 15 to 20 minutes, but to ensure punctual arrival, affiliates are recommended to book rides departing MSE Library at least 30 minutes prior to their vaccination appointment time. 

For any questions or concerns, contact Transportation Services at (410) 516 4200 or email shuttles@jhu.edu

Vaccination appointments through Johns Hopkins Medicine

Updated April 14, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccination eligibility and availability expand, the opportunity to secure vaccination appointments through Johns Hopkins Medicine is now being broadened to include all Johns Hopkins affiliates in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Any Johns Hopkins affiliates who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through JHM will be able to schedule a vaccination appointment in MyChart.  

We caution, however, that vaccine allotments to Johns Hopkins Medicine continue to be somewhat limited. In response to federal recommendations, JHM has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and will carefully review updated data as it is made available. 

We continue to encourage all JHU affiliates to seek vaccinations through a variety of venues including health departments, retail pharmacies, and mass vaccination sites. To find a vaccine clinic in Maryland, visit the state’s vaccine locator website

To schedule a vaccination appointment through JHM:

  • Log on to MyChart
  • Select Visits > Schedule an Appointment
  • Then select the COVID-19 box

After completing the screening questions, select the COVID-19 vaccination location that’s most convenient for you:

  • Turner Concourse at The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Suburban Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

If you have any questions about this process, or need assistance scheduling an appointment, please contact the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center at 443-287-8500 and select option 4. If you need information about how to set up your MyChart account, call the MyChart help desk at 888-676-3433. 

Johns Hopkins and the Community

As eligibility and distribution of vaccination expands, Johns Hopkins Medicine is working to support and consult with the state and city governments. Among other efforts, JHM has established a partnership with the Baltimore City Public Schools to help speed the vaccination of K-12 teachers and support staff and is pursuing a program focused on elder housing residents in the city as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What JHU affiliates are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

The state of Maryland determines eligibility for the COVID vaccine.

As of April 6, all Marylanders 16 and older are eligible for vaccination at Maryland’s mass vaccination sites. On April 12, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination through all providers. For more information, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.

Last updated: April 6, 2021 4:23pm

Will Johns Hopkins Medicine provide vaccinations for JHU affiliates?

The opportunity to secure vaccination appointments through Johns Hopkins Medicine has been broadened to include all Johns Hopkins affiliates in Maryland and Washington, D.C. Any Johns Hopkins affiliates who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through JHM will be able to schedule a vaccination appointment in MyChart.

We caution, however, that vaccine allotments to Johns Hopkins Medicine continue to be somewhat limited. In response to federal recommendations, JHM has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and will carefully review updated data as it is made available. More information

Last updated: April 14, 2021 11:14pm

What about SAIS? What are the eligibility rules in Washington? Will SAIS affiliates be vaccinated there or in Maryland?

Guidance from Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. indicates that those who are eligible for the vaccine by virtue of their employment should get vaccinated in the jurisdiction where they work rather than where they live. Eligibility criteria in Washington for JHU affiliates are the same as those in Maryland. If you are invited by JHM to schedule a vaccination appointment, you can do so at a location convenient to you, subject to availability, including Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Germantown. Information on locations and hours is available at hopkinsmedicine.org.

Last updated: Feb 4, 2021 2:27pm

I meet one or more of the eligibility criteria. How do I sign up?

If you are among those who are eligible for the vaccine through your role at JHU, you will be notified via email. You also should activate your MyChart account if you have not already done so. Eligible persons are selected at random to receive the vaccine each week. If you are selected, you will receive an invitation from MyChart to schedule an appointment, or by phone or mail if you don’t have a MyChart account.

Last updated: March 30, 2021 5:33pm

How does JHM decide who gets to be vaccinated?

The state of Maryland determines eligibility for the COVID vaccine. Among those who are eligible, JHM randomly selects individuals to receive the vaccine each week, with the number of appointments dependent on the supply the state provides to JHM. If you are selected, you will receive an invitation from MyChart to schedule an appointment.

Last updated: Feb 4, 2021 2:29pm

How long will it take to get vaccinated if I’m in the eligible pool?

It is difficult to predict how long it might take for any individual to be selected from the pool, so we encourage those who are eligible to sign up with multiple providers.

Last updated: March 30, 2021 4:57pm

Is it OK to sign up to receive the vaccine outside of JHM?

Yes. We continue to encourage all eligible affiliates to seek out the vaccine through all possible avenues. You are not required to be vaccinated by JHM, and you are allowed to register for the vaccine with multiple providers. Information on vaccination sites and links to register are available at coronavirus.maryland.gov.

Last updated: Feb 4, 2021 2:30pm

Can I sign up to get the vaccine from multiple providers?

Yes. We continue to encourage all eligible affiliates to seek out the vaccine through all possible avenues. You are not required to be vaccinated by JHM, and you are allowed to register for the vaccine with multiple providers. Information on vaccination sites and links to register are available at coronavirus.maryland.gov.

Last updated: Feb 4, 2021 2:31pm

When will students get the vaccine?

As of April 6, all Marylanders 16 and older are eligible for vaccination at Maryland’s mass vaccination sites. On April 12, all Marylanders 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination through all providers. For more information, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.

Last updated: April 6, 2021 4:23pm

Fall 2021 Planning

Who is being mandated for the vaccines and will exceptions for vaccination be granted? What will be the process?

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 show documentation of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine or receive an exception. An exceptions policy will be developed but is anticipated to use procedures similar to those we have employed for mandatory flu vaccinations. This will include: (a) medical counterindication for vaccination including severe allergy to the vaccine or components as defined by the most current recommendations of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP); and (b) religious exemption.  Further, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may also request an exemption. The process for medical and religious exemptions to the COVID vaccine are being determined and will be announced by the end of the spring semester.  

Last updated: May 4, 2021 11:09am

How will we get the vaccines if they are mandated?

We are seeking opportunities for on-campus vaccination, but for now, you will need to seek vaccination through the state or your local jurisdiction, a pharmacy, or a health care provider. Registration for the state of Maryland’s mass vaccination sites and a directory of vaccine providers near you is available here. You can also get information on the State’s vaccination program by calling 855-MD-GoVAX (855-634-6829).  

Johns Hopkins Medicine is providing vaccination to all Hopkins affiliates in Maryland and Washington, D.C., as its allocation of vaccine supply from the state allows. You can register through MyChart. If you have trouble activating your MyChart account or are not able to use MyChart, please contact TestingInfo@jhu.edu for help. 

Last updated: April 14, 2021 11:09pm

I’m an international student planning to return to the U.S. and haven’t had access to vaccination – will JHU provide vaccines to me?

At this time, the university is not able to procure its own supply of vaccine; this situation may change over time. However, for now, the university is unable to guarantee vaccination to students. Having said that, the university will try to help facilitate vaccination for those who are unable to be vaccinated in their home jurisdictions before they arrive.  

Last updated: April 9, 2021 11:28am

I’m an international student who received a vaccine not approved by the U.S. Will I need to be revaccinated?

No. For international students, we will accept documentation of vaccination using a World Health Organization-authorized vaccine approved for use in other countries but not approved in the U.S.

Last updated: May 5, 2021 1:16pm

I’m an online student – do I need to show proof of vaccination?

No. You only need to provide proof of vaccination if you are going to be on campus in the United States. 

Last updated: May 4, 2021 11:09am

I’m a post-doc – am I considered a student or staff member in terms of vaccination requirement?

Post-docs will follow the vaccination guidance for staff.  

Last updated: April 9, 2021 11:29am

Will I still be expected to comply with other mitigation measures (e.g., masking, testing, etc)?

Yes. Given the still-evolving understanding of the science related to these vaccines and the operational difficulty of enforcing different rules for different people within our community, we are not relaxing any of our COVID safety protocols at this time based on individuals’ vaccination status. We have robust evidence that all three COVID vaccines that have been approved in the United States (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) provide strong protection against severe symptoms of COVID, and consequently hospitalization and death from the virus. However, we do not yet have enough information to say with certainty whether they prevent mild symptoms, transmission of the virus, or infection.  

We may soon be able to draw conclusions about the vaccine’s effectiveness in reducing infection and transmission, and may thus potentially consider changes to our operating procedures as a result, but we are not yet at that point. Consequently, vaccinated individuals at JHU are still subject to the same rules, including those for testing, masking, physical distancing, and limitations on gathering. 

Last updated: April 9, 2021 11:29am

What if I don’t qualify for an exemption and don’t get vaccinated?

Students who do not qualify for an exemption and fail to get vaccinated will not be allowed on campus in the United States. 

Last updated: May 4, 2021 11:11am

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: April 14, 2021 11:09pm

How will we certify that a person is vaccinated?

The university is developing a registration system for COVID vaccines similar to the one used to document compliance with the flu vaccine requirement. We will communicate details about the system as they become available. In the meantime, you should keep documentation of your vaccination. 

Last updated: April 9, 2021 11:30am

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