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Johns Hopkins University to require all students get COVID-19 vaccine if they plan to be on campus

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Posted at 8:17 PM, Apr 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-12 20:17:30-04

BALTIMORE — Johns Hopkins University will require all students who plan to be on campus in the fall be vaccinated or have religious or health exemption.

Faculty and staff are also “strongly urged” to be vaccinated before coming back to campus.

The university is in the process of establishing a system for JHU affiliates to register their vaccination status, which will aid decisions about the appropriate level of public health protections over the summer and fall.

The university said it will seek to facilitate opportunities for students who cannot get vaccinated in their home jurisdictions to be vaccinated as soon as they get to campus.

They said they are also working to make on-campus vaccination available for all of the Hopkins community.

The university also laid out plans contingent with vaccination, including returning most classes to in-person. They said large classes of over 50 people will generally be taught online or have some smaller sections for public health, and in some cases, pedagogical reasons.

They will continue enhanced cleaaning and increased air exchange and filtration “24/7” in all of the facilities. There will also still be testing and contact tracing as well as isolation housing for undergraduates who test positive for COVID-19.

Face covering guidelines will be determined by public health conditions closer to the fall start, and flu vaccinations will be required.

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