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.
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. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals aged 12 years and older and has been proven to be 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 related illness.
Maryland is current in Phase 3: All Marylanders 12+ are eligible to receive the vaccine. 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 appointment or walk-up availability.
On May 24, 2021, the University announced that NDMU will require all students coming or returning to campus in the fall to be vaccinated. This includes all residential and commuter students, as well as Elkridge and undergraduate and graduate students participating in required professional program clinicals, practicums, and internships.
On August 4, 2021, the University announced that faculty, staff, adjuncts, and contractors will also be required to be vaccinated.
Exceptions will be granted only for documented medical (including those who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant) and religious reasons. Vaccination documentation or request for exemption must be submitted to the University by August 1, 2021 for students; and September 15, 2021 for employees.
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.
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.
Beginning in the fall, individuals that are fully vaccinated will generally not be required to submit a COVID-19 pre-arrival test or participate in random surveillance testing. However, individuals that are granted an exemption for medical/religious reasons (i.e. unvaccinated) or live in the resident hall will still be required to submit a pre-arrival test and participate in random weekly surveillance testing.
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.
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.