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.

Effective Aug. 1, 2021, COVID-19 vaccination is required for all faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students who will be working or studying at a Johns Hopkins campus or worksite in the U.S.

This policy includes:

  • Individuals working at off-campus worksites such as Keswick, Mount Washington, and Johns Hopkins at Eastern
  • 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
  • Anyone who is doing business on behalf of the university, including individuals engaged in work-related travel 
  • Visitors who fall under the JHU Visitor Policy (e.g., visiting faculty, students, and scholars)

All Johns Hopkins health system employees and providers credentialed by the JHM medical staff, School of Medicine faculty (full or part-time) and staff members, residents, clinical and postdoctoral research fellows, and JHM visiting trainees, faculty and staff should refer to JHM’s guidance for more information. APL has its own policies for individuals on its property, but for APL staff members who work, teach, or attend classes at other JHU or JHM campuses, the mandates for each campus apply and can supersede APL guidelines.

Documentation must be submitted to the JHU Vaccine Management System. Affiliates may also submit an exception request in the VMS.  

Exemptions: Fully remote individuals, including staff and online students who are working or studying 100% remotely, are exempt from the vaccination mandate, but they should change their status in Prodensity to indicate that they will not be coming on campus. If plans change and an individual has to come on campus, work on-site, or participate in a JHU-sponsored residency or field study, they must be vaccinated or have an approved exception.

If a new employee, new postdoctoral fellow, or new/transfer student or visiting scholar has not been vaccinated before the first day of employment or activities noted above, there is a six-week grace period to complete the full vaccination process (including both doses of a two-dose vaccine). Proof of vaccination should be uploaded to the VMS as soon as possible after their second shot, and no later than six weeks after the first day of employment.

Any employee, fellow, or student who is not yet fully vaccinated must be tested twice weekly until they are considered fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose).

Faculty and staff can take up to two days off to be vaccinated and/or to recover from any side effects. Visit the Human Resources website for additional details.

Exceptions to the vaccination requirement

Exceptions may be granted in limited circumstances for:

  • Medical or religious reasons (note that 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)

Additionally, the following individuals are exempt:

  • Employees who are, with permission of their supervisor, working in a fully remote capacity and do not visit any Johns Hopkins worksite
  • Contractors or vendors whose presence at any JHU property is solely limited to the delivery of goods
  • Students who are enrolled in entirely online programs and do not utilize Johns Hopkins facilities, and non-degree and non-credit students. (Students who participate in Peabody Preparatory classes and who are 12 years of age and older are required to be vaccinated or seek an exception; more details are available directly from Peabody Preparatory.)
  • Guests (individuals who are on campus and not subject to the JHU Visitor Policy), which includes those on campus for short periods of time for tours, meetings, and public events

Exception requests were due Aug. 1, 2021.

New employees and new/transfer/visiting students may apply for an exception as soon as they have a JHED ID using the JHU Vaccine Management System (VMS). Additional details on how to request an exception, including required documentation can be found on this website.

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

Vaccination Compliance 

Any person covered by the vaccine mandate who fails to provide acceptable vaccination documentation, does not receive an approved exception, and/or has an approved exception but does not comply with testing requirements may be denied access to Johns Hopkins property and electronic resources. Those individuals may also be subject to disciplinary action under the Student Conduct Code or the appropriate procedures applicable to faculty and staff.   

While Prodensity has integrated real-time compliance with symptom screening, vaccination, and testing mandates, compliance is monitored primarily through weekly reports sent to divisional response teams (composed of divisional leadership including HR managers and divisional business officers) and student affairs staff. Real-time compliance using Prodensity passes should only be used in situations where routine screening can be accomplished by authorized JHU personnel – e.g., a security desk for accessing certain JHU facilities or at a check-in desk for certain on-campus events. Unless authorized by University Administration, faculty, staff, and students are not permitted to make any demands to view Prodensity passes of any JHU affiliates or restrict activities based upon this information. If you have a concern or complaint regarding noncompliance of JHU COVID-19 safety measures by a member of the Hopkins community, please make a confidential report immediately via the online form or by calling 844-SPEAK2US (844-773-2528).

Affiliates may submit requests for exceptions to the vaccine requirement through VMS, the same system through which vaccine documents are submitted. Affiliates who receive an exception are required to test twice per week (once per week for School of Medicine affiliates). Affiliates who are granted a vaccine exception and who do not comply with the testing requirements will receive a red campus pass in Prodensity and will not have access to campus. 

Getting vaccinated at Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Medicine has established several convenient walk-in clinics in communities across Baltimore and Maryland. The Spot Van at Northeast Market (2101 E. Monument St., Baltimore, MD 21205) operates two mornings per week and is just two blocks from the Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Nursing.

In addition to any scheduled clinics, all Johns Hopkins affiliates in Maryland and Washington, D.C., can schedule a vaccination appointment through Johns Hopkins Medicine in MyChart. MyChart is a secure website and mobile app used by Johns Hopkins Medicine that can be used to schedule COVID-19 tests and vaccinations. More information is available at hopkinsmedicine.org.

Upcoming second-dose clinics

Individuals who received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in August via a Johns Hopkins vaccine clinic should plan to return for their second dose on their specified date. The following second-dose clinics are presently scheduled:

  • Saturday, Sept. 11: Homewood campus, Shriver Hall auditorium; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (flu shots available)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 14: School of Public Health, Feinstone Room; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 15: Peabody Institute, Unger Lounge; noon to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 17: Carey Washington, D.C., first floor; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 18: Homewood campus, Shriver Hall auditorium; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (flu shots available)
  • Monday, Sept. 20: Carey Harbor East, second-floor lobby; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 20: SAIS Washington, D.C., Kenney Room; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 21: Homewood campus, Shriver Hall auditorium; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 24: SAIS Washington, D.C., Kenney Room; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Aug. 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 29, 2021 4:40pm

Who is exempt from the vaccination 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. They should change their status in Prodensity to indicate that they will not be coming on campus.

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. The deadline to apply for an exception was Aug. 1. New employees seeking an exception should apply as soon as possible after they begin employment.

Last updated: Aug 28, 2021 7:17am

When will the mandate take effect?

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

Exceptions to vaccination for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive are no longer allowed, consistent with recent guidance from the CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

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: Sep 7, 2021 4:12pm

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. You are permitted 30 minutes of time off for testing. (This does not need to be accounted for specifically in your E210 time sheet.)

Last updated: Aug 3, 2021 2:08pm

How do the vaccination policies apply to faculty, students, or staff who may be returning to Johns Hopkins’ U.S.-based worksites from abroad?

Anyone returning from abroad who may not have access to a U.S.- or World Health Organization-authorized vaccine before returning to campus can receive their vaccine in the U.S.—either at one of our JHU clinics, at Johns Hopkins Medicine, or elsewhere.  Individuals returning from abroad will receive a six-week grace period upon return to campus to submit proof of vaccination. This allows time for a full course of vaccination (two doses) plus two weeks to become “fully vaccinated” after receipt of the second shot. All affiliates must upload proof of vaccination to the JHU Vaccine Management System as soon as possible after receiving their final dose.

In addition, employees who are  in this grace period and not yet fully vaccinated must be tested twice weekly.

Last updated: Aug 9, 2021 4:21pm

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?

Yes. Given the rise in COVID cases in Maryland associated with the delta variant, Johns Hopkins University has reinstated its mandate that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors.

Last updated: Aug 9, 2021 4:21pm

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

What are the vaccination requirements for new employees who start after Aug. 1, 2021?

All JHU employees (faculty, staff, bargaining unit members, contractors, and postdoctoral fellows) are required to be vaccinated unless they have obtained an approved exception. If a new employee or new postdoctoral fellow, or new visiting scholar has not been vaccinated before the first day of employment, there is a six-week grace period to complete the full vaccination process (including both doses of a two-dose vaccine). Proof of vaccination should be uploaded to the JHU Vaccine Management System as soon as possible after their second shot, and no later than six weeks after the first day of employment.

Any employee or fellow who is not yet fully vaccinated must be tested twice weekly until they are considered fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final dose).

Last updated: Sep 14, 2021 4:58pm

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. Affiliates can apply for an exception using JHU Vaccine Management System. Requests were due by Aug. 1; new employees seeking an exception should apply as soon as possible after they begin employment.

Last updated: Aug 28, 2021 7:30am

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 are accepted?

Only FDA-approved/-authorized COVID vaccines will be accepted. These three vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, J&J/Janssen) have all shown effectiveness against known variants. Any individuals who have not received one of these vaccines must be revaccinated with a full course of one of these vaccines upon arrival—that is two doses, properly spaced, of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, and one of J&J/Janssen.

Previously, we allowed any vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization, but given growing data about the potential for lower effectiveness against delta, we are now mandating revaccination for those who have received non-FDA-approved vaccines. The university will assist students if they need help, and vaccination information is on the Johns Hopkins Medicine website.

Individuals who have uploaded to the Vaccine Management System documentation of vaccination with Oxford/AstraZeneca, Covishield, Novavax, Sinopharm, or Sinovac will be contacted and asked to schedule an appointment to receive one of the FDA-authorized vaccines. You must complete your vaccinations and upload documentation to the Vaccination Management System (VMS) as soon as possible. Your prior submission will be removed so that you can upload new documentation after your final dose. You may not upload documentation until that point. In the meantime, you will be allowed to come on campus, but you will be required to follow the same masking and testing requirements (twice weekly) as those with vaccination exceptions until you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose).

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 12:25pm

Is it safe to be revaccinated if I previously received a non-FDA-approved vaccine?

While there are as yet no controlled studies on revaccination, Johns Hopkins vaccine, medical, and public health experts do not believe there is a risk to “double” or “cross-platform” vaccination, and do see potentially significant benefits for individuals and for public health within our community more broadly. Indeed, double vaccination is not that much different than boosters or vaccination postCOVID, which is done frequently without adverse effects. 

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 8:53am

How long do I have to complete revaccination? Am I allowed to wait some amount of time if I just got vaccinated with an international vaccine?

The university asks that anyone requiring revaccination begin the process as soon as possible in order to be fully vaccinated by October. 

However, the CDC recommends that the minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine or a WHO-listed vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine be at least 28 days. Therefore, you may wait up to 28 days after your most recent international vaccination to begin the required revaccination process. At that point, you should receive two properly spaced doses for Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or one dose for J&J/Janssen.  

Until you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose), you are required to test twice weekly and to wear a mask (even if the current JHU-wide mask policy changes and vaccinated affiliates are no longer required to wear a mask). Please upload proof of your FDA-approved vaccination to the Vaccine Management System as soon as you have completed your final dose.  

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 8:55am

If I am in the process of getting vaccinated/revaccinated, do I need to let anyone know?

No, but you need to submit proof of being revaccinated once you are done receiving the FDA-authorized vaccines. Once you complete your vaccinations, please upload to the Vaccine Management System.

Until you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose), you are required to test twice weekly and to wear a mask (even if the current JHU-wide mask policy changes and vaccinated affiliates are no longer required to wear a mask).

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 9:24am

If I am going to get revaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine, should I bring any paperwork to the pharmacy/clinic?

In general, you should not need to bring any paperwork if you are starting over and getting a complete series of vaccines. While you are permitted to be vaccinated at any U.S. pharmacy or other vaccination location, it may be easiest to get revaccinated through Johns Hopkins University or Johns Hopkins Medicine. More information on how to get revaccinated is available on this website.

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 9:29am

What should I do if I only need a second dose, because I received a first dose of an FDA-authorized vaccine while living abroad?

For those who may have received a first dose of an FDA-authorized vaccine abroad and only need to receive a second dose of an FDA-authorized vaccine, please be sure to bring any paperwork you have that shows the vaccination information and date of vaccination. After you are vaccinated, you must upload proof of both vaccines in one submission. (The Vaccine Management System allows submission of multiple documents, so please submit any proof of vaccine and English translations for documents in languages other than English.) 

While you are permitted to be vaccinated at any U.S. pharmacy or other vaccination location, it may be easiest to get revaccinated through Johns Hopkins University or Johns Hopkins Medicine. More information on how to get revaccinated is available on this website.

Note: Second doses can be obtained at JHU-sponsored clinics.

Last updated: Sep 10, 2021 4:13pm

What is the best way to get a second dose only?

Second doses can be obtained at JHU-sponsored clinics.

Last updated: Sep 10, 2021 4:12pm

Can I receive only one dose of an FDA vaccine as a booster if I have already been vaccinated with a non-FDA vaccine?

No. You are required to receive two properly spaced doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or one dose of J&J/Janssen. 

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 9:53am

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

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 complete daily health checks 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: Aug 26, 2021 8:50am

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