Note: This letter originally appeared as an email sent to the Hopkins community on June 9, 2021.
Dear Johns Hopkins Faculty, Students, and Staff,
We write with important updates to our plans for maintaining COVID safety during the summer and the fall semester, including our decision to mandate vaccination for all on-site Johns Hopkins University faculty and staff as of August 1.
Together with our previously announced vaccination requirement for undergraduate and graduate students, this step effectively extends our vaccine mandate throughout the university community, with continued exceptions for medical and religious reasons. It also reflects the unequivocal advice of our medical and public health experts that achieving as near to universal vaccination as possible is the most effective way to keep our community safe as we return to fully in-person and on-site activities.
Fortunately, the vaccine shortages that marked the winter and spring are no longer an issue, and we have been able to provide free vaccination clinics on our campuses for members of the university community. Those clinics will continue throughout the summer at a variety of locations to make vaccination as convenient as possible. Information is available here. International students or others who cannot access the vaccine in their home communities will be able to get vaccinated when they arrive on campus.
To establish proof of vaccination, the university will launch a COVID vaccine registration system on July 1, similar to the one we have used in the past for submitting proof of influenza vaccination. All faculty, staff, and students are required to register their vaccine status by August 1. Please keep your COVID vaccination record and plan to upload an image of it, or apply for a religious or medical exception, through the registration system as soon as possible.
We have compiled a great deal of information about the vaccine’s development, safety, and effectiveness on the Johns Hopkins Get the Facts, Get the Vax website, and we encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated to review the resources there. We also have hosted a series of town hall meetings in which members of the community could ask the university’s experts in medicine and public health about the vaccine. The town halls can be viewed here.
Below is a summary of our current plans for COVID safety policies for the summer and fall, effective July 1, and more details on our vaccination requirements. Revised return to campus guidance and other information about how to submit vaccination documentation will be forthcoming on our covidinfo.jhu.edu website. As always, we will continue to monitor the public health situation and will make adjustments, either to tighten or loosen our protocols, as appropriate.
We were heartened to see the safe increase in on-campus instruction, research, and other work during the recently concluded spring semester, and we are confident that with broad vaccination we can do even more this summer and fall.
Ronald J. Daniels
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration