COVID-19 Vaccination Information (Updated – August 17, 2022)

Notre Dame of Maryland University is requiring all students, faculty, staff, and contractors who will be living, learning, or working on University property, including participating in professional program clinicals, practicums, and internships, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot, when eligible. Individuals that are 100% remote are 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

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.

University Policies & FAQ

Is the University requiring individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccine/booster? (Updated: 8/17/22)

Yes – All students, faculty, staff, and contractors learning, working, or living on University property, including participating in off-campus professional program clinicals, practicums, and internships, are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot, when eligible. Individuals that are 100% remote are 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 as soon as possible and at least two weeks prior to the beginning of an academic term. See also “How do I upload my documentation”.

The University is not currently requiring a 2nd booster shot.

Who is considered “eligible” for a booster? (Updated: 8/17/22)

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

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.

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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