COVID-19 Vaccination Information (Updated – January 6, 2022)

Notre Dame of Maryland University is requiring all eligible students, faculty, staff, and contractors who will be learning, working, or living on University property, including participating in professional program clinicals, practicums, and internships, to receive a COVID-19 booster shot by January 31, 2022. Individuals that are 100% remote will remain exempt from the University’s vaccine requirement.

COVID-19 College Vaccination Challenge

Notre Dame of Maryland University has joined the COVID-19 College Vaccination Challenge as a part of the Biden Administration’s “Month of Action” to help the nation reach the President’s goal of 70% of adults having at least one vaccine dose by Independence Day.

We encourage everyone to join the University in this effort and help promote COVID-19 vaccination. This may include adding the “Vaccine Champion” badge to your email signature (available below), talking to a friend or relative, and/or helping promote the Vaccination Challenge on social media.

covid college challenge university logo  vaccine champion logo

Digital Toolkit   COVID-19 College Challenge One Pager

Vaccination Information, Appointments & NDMU Clinics

As of January 6, 2022, the CDC has stated that all individuals ages 5 and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Booster shots are available for individuals ages 12 and older. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Additional information on COVID-19 vaccines/boosters, including FAQs, safety information, etc. are available from on CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.

Please visit Maryland's COVID-19 vaccine website (as well as your local county health department website) for the most up-to-date information regarding scheduling a vaccine/booster appointment or walk-up availability.

The School of Pharmacy has hosted several vaccination clinics on campus in partnership with Safeway for NDMU community members, including students, faculty, staff, contractors, and alumni, as well as their family. 

Booster clinics will be held on campus on January 18, 2022 and January 27, 2022. Additional information including sign-up will be forthcoming. However, we recommend that you to get a booster as soon as possible. State and local health departments, as well as pharmacies, health clinics, and the like, are routinely offering booster shots. Find available sites and appointments in Maryland online.

University Policies & FAQ

Is the University requiring individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccine/booster? (Updated: 1/11/22)

Yes – Beginning in Fall 2021, all students, faculty, staff, and contractors learning, working, or living on University property, including participating in off-campus professional program clinicals, practicums, and internships, were required to be fully vaccinated (i.e. receive a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine – 2-dose series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna); or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine)). Individuals that were 100% remote were exempt from the University’s vaccine requirement.

Beginning on January 31, 2022, NDMU is requiring all eligible students, faculty, staff, and contractors who will be learning, working, or living on University property, including participating in off-campus professional program clinicals, practicums, and internships, to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. Individuals that are 100% remote will remain exempt from the University’s vaccine requirement.

Exceptions will be granted only for documented medical and religious reasons. A Request for exemption should be submitted to the University by January 21, 2022.

Who is considered “eligible” for a booster? (Updated: May 24, 2022)

Up to date eligibility information regarding boosters is available via the CDC. The University is following the CDC’s recommendations.

As of January 11, 2022, individuals are eligible for a booster at least 5 months (Pfizer & Moderna) after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series; or at least two months after receiving a Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. The CDC recommends individuals who received J&J vaccine to receive a Pfizer or Moderna booster as opposed to J&J.

Individuals who have completed their COVID-19 primary vaccine series and recently tested positive for COVID-19 may delay their booster by up to 90 days from date of positive test.

I am not yet eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot or desire to delay getting boosted due to recently tested positive. Do I need to do anything? (Updated: May 24, 2022)

Yes – If you are not yet eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot or wish to delay getting boosted as you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, please fill out the following form and upload it to Self-Service in the place of your COVID-19 booster shot documentation. Upon review, your documentation will be marked as “Incomplete” until such a time that you are eligible for a booster shot at which time you will need to upload your booster documentation within two weeks of becoming eligible.

If I am not yet eligible, am I permitted to return to campus? (New: 1/6/22)

Yes. However, those who are not yet eligible for a booster as of January 31, 2022 will be required to receive a booster as soon as they become eligible. Individuals will have two weeks after they become eligible to get the booster and upload their documentation via Self-Service.

How do I upload my documentation? (Updated: May 24, 2022)

Your COVID-19 vaccination card or request for exemption (DOC) should be submitted via Self-Service. View instructions (PDF) for uploading your documentation.

You may also email COVID_Vaccine@ndm.edu for assistance.

How do I know if my documentation has been reviewed/approved?

After you upload your vaccination document or exemption request in Self-Service, Self-Service will display “Pending Review.” After staff reviews your information, your status will change to “Received” if vaccination documentation is approved; “Waived” if exemption request is approved; or “Unable to Process” if documentation was not sufficient or appropriate to grant an approval. If status is labeled as “Unable to Process,” a member of the COVID-19 team will follow up with you to clarify needed documentation.

Individuals applying for an exemption from COVID-19 vaccination will receive an official approval/denial email communication from the COVID-19 Vaccine Exemption Review Committee (covid_vaccine@ndm.edu).

Which vaccines will NDMU accept?

NDMU will accept vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Please only report after you are fully vaccinated.

For international students who do not have access to a vaccine, you will be required to receive an FDA approved vaccine when you arrive in the United States. Please keep in mind that we cannot predict or control international and national travel/vaccinations policies. We may require that unvaccinated students quarantine or test more frequently until they are fully vaccinated.

Will I need to submit a pre-arrival test or participate in surveillance testing this spring? (updated: 1/6/22)

Beginning in the spring, individuals that are fully vaccinated and boosted will generally not be required to submit a COVID-19 pre-arrival test or participate in random surveillance testing. However, individuals that are unvaccinated with an approved exemption or live in the resident hall will be required to submit a pre-arrival test and participate in weekly random surveillance testing. Please visit the University’s Testing, Quarantine, and Isolation page for specific information.

If I am learning at a location other than main campus, do I need to be vaccinated?

The vaccine mandate applies to all NDMU campuses, including Southern MD, Elkridge, etc. as well as undergraduate and graduate students participating in required professional program clinicals, practicums, and internships.

Frequently Asked Vaccination Questions

Our students and expert faculty in the NDMU School of Pharmacy address common questions about the COVID-19 vaccinations.


Watch a Spanish version of the COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ video.

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