Revaccination for International Affiliates

The university recently announced that only COVID vaccines that are FDA-approved/-authorized, with demonstrated effectiveness against known variants, will be accepted. Those include the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and J&J/Janssen vaccines.

Any individuals who have not received one of these vaccines must be revaccinated with a full course of one of these vaccines as soon as possible upon arriving at Johns Hopkins.  

For more information, visit the section of the FAQ page pertaining to the vaccine mandate for international students

How to get revaccinated

Anyone needing to get revaccinated should schedule an appointment to receive one of the three authorized vaccines as soon as possible. More information on vaccine clinics is available at this link. You can also get vaccinated at any local pharmacy or through Johns Hopkins Medicine by calling 443-997-1875 or through MyChart. For those who need to get a second dose only, these can be obtained at JHU-sponsored clinics (not through MyChart or Johns Hopkins Medicine).

Once you have been fully vaccinated, you should log back into the Vaccination Management System (VMS) and upload your new vaccination documentation.

Required testing

Until you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose), you are expected to follow the same masking and testing requirements (twice weekly) as those with vaccination exceptions and to wear a mask (even if the JHU-wide mask mandate is no longer in effect). You must complete your vaccinations and upload documentation to the Vaccine Management System as soon as possible after your final dose.  

The university has established several campus locations across JHU for mandatory or voluntary testing. Detailed testing site information and hours of operation can be found on the Testing Locations + Schedules page on this website. 

Testing appointments can be made through MyChart (also available as a mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play). You must have an active MyChart account to participate in the testing and vaccination programs at JHU. If you are having issues activating your MyChart, call 888-676-3433 or email Testinginfo@jhu.edu.

For additional information or questions, email VMS@jhu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

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).

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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. 

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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.  

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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