COVID Vaccination Information

A COVIDS vaccine dose is drawn from a vial

At this time, doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are in very short supply, in Maryland and across the country. Although Maryland has expanded eligibility for the vaccine, consistent with CDC guidance, the federal government is sending only a limited amount of vaccine to each state.

Johns Hopkins affiliates who are working in person (i.e., on campus) are now eligible to receive the vaccine as part of Maryland’s recent expansion of eligibility to Phase 1B and 1C:

  • Custodial services
  • Dining staff
  • Facilities maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Student health
  • Campus safety and security
  • Student-facing student affairs staff
  • Day care workers
  • Instructors and staff providing in-person learning (including faculty, teaching assistants, and teaching fellows)

Maryland Vaccine Distribution

Maryland will distribute the vaccines to five different priority groups based on relative risk of exposure or developing serious illness. At this time, Maryland is in Phase 1C. For more information, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.

Phase 1A

Began December 2020

  • Health care workers
  • Residents and staff of nursing homes
  • First responders, public safety, corrections

Phase 1B

Began Jan. 18, 2021

  • Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Assisted living, independent living, behavioral health and developmentally disabled group homes, and other congregate facilities
  • Adults age 75 and older
  • Education and continuity of government

Phase 1C

Began Jan. 25, 2021

  • Adults age 65-74
  • Essential workers in lab services, agriculture, manufacturing, postal service, etc.

Phase 2

  • Adults 16-64 at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness due to comorbidities
  • Essential workers in critical utilities, transportation, food service, etc.

Phase 3

  • General population, including healthy adults age 16-64

Vaccine prioritization may be subject to change. The state has adopted a rolling vaccine allocation model, meaning it may not wait for every member of a particular group to get vaccinated before moving ahead; individuals will still have the opportunity to be vaccinated in subsequent phases.

Vaccination access for JHU affiliates

The state of Maryland has directed universities and other employers to develop partnerships with clinical providers to administer the vaccine to their eligible affiliates. In our case, Johns Hopkins University is partnered with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

This means that all eligible JHU affiliates in Phase 1B and 1C groups will be entered into JHM’s vaccination pool, along with other eligible patients and groups (e.g., those over 65).

In addition, based on guidance from the JHM Scarce Resources Committee, JHM will prioritize within the JHU pool those affiliates who are required to be on campus, have substantial contact with students, and may face additional barriers and inequities in accessing the vaccine.

If you are among those who are eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1B and 1C through your role at JHU, you should receive an initial email notification in early February. You also should activate your MyChart account if you have not already done so. If you are then selected at random to receive the vaccine, you will receive from MyChart an invitation to schedule an appointment.

Importantly, given the enormous demand and the scarcity of the vaccine in the region and at Johns Hopkins Medicine, vaccination of JHU affiliates through JHM will take quite some time. We therefore continue to encourage all eligible affiliates to seek out the vaccine through other avenues as well. You are not required to be vaccinated by JHM, and you are allowed to register for the vaccine from multiple providers.

Information on vaccination sites and links to register are available at covidvax.md.gov.

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. The state is currently in Phase 1C of its distribution plan. This includes all those over age 65 and others depending on their risk factors and occupations, including certain higher education faculty and staff. Being in Phase 1C means that all persons in higher-priority phases—1A and 1B—remain eligible for vaccination, too.

The following categories of JHU affiliates who are working in person (i.e., on campus) are currently eligible to be vaccinated:

  • Custodial services
  • Dining staff
  • Facilities maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Student health
  • Campus safety and security
  • Student-facing student affairs staff
  • Day care workers
  • Instructors and staff providing in-person learning (e.g., faculty, teaching assistants, teaching fellows)

Last updated: Feb 4, 2021 2:25pm

Will Johns Hopkins Medicine provide vaccinations for JHU affiliates?

All eligible JHU affiliates in select categories (i.e., all those who are eligible by virtue of their work at JHU) will be entered into JHM’s vaccination pool, along with other eligible patients and groups (e.g., those over 65). Based on guidance from the JHM Scarce Resources Committee, within the JHU pool JHM will prioritize those affiliates who are required to be on campus, have substantial contact with students, and may face additional barriers and inequities in accessing the vaccine.

Last updated: Feb 4, 2021 2:26pm

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 in Maryland’s Phase 1B and Phase 1C through your role at JHU, you should receive an initial email notification in the next one to two weeks. 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: Feb 4, 2021 2:29pm

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

Do JHU affiliates get priority in JHM’s vaccine distribution?

Based on guidance from the JHM Scarce Resources Committee, JHM will prioritize within the JHU pool those affiliates who are required to be on campus, have substantial contact with students, and may face additional barriers and inequities in accessing the vaccine.

Last updated: Feb 4, 2021 2:29pm

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

Unfortunately, the vaccine is presently in extremely short supply, with demand far outstripping availability. 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 beyond JHM.

Last updated: Feb 4, 2021 2:30pm

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?

Student status is not considered in Maryland’s vaccination prioritization program. Students may qualify based on some other characteristic, e.g., work in a clinical setting or comorbidities, but in general students are included within the general population in Phase 3 of the state’s plan.

Last updated: Feb 4, 2021 2:31pm

About the Vaccine

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The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 vaccines.

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Information for patients and the public, including FAQs on how the vaccines work, vaccine safety, myths, side effects, and more.

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