Johns Hopkins University is strongly urging all faculty, staff, and students to get a flu shot for their own well-being, to protect the safety of the wider community, and to comply with a new requirement for in-person activity at JHU. Anyone who is currently spending time on a Johns Hopkins campus will be required to have a flu vaccination or an approved exemption for the 2020–21 academic year by Nov. 20. This policy will continue to apply when the university is able to expand campus activity in the future, so even if you are working or learning completely remotely now, you will likely find it helpful to get a flu shot and be prepared to document compliance with the university.
There are several ways affiliates can get a flu shot at no cost and register that fact with the university.
This year, all JHU full- and part-time employees and students can get a free flu shot at any Walgreens pharmacy anywhere in the United States using a voucher provided by Johns Hopkins. The voucher also will allow Walgreens to automatically tell Johns Hopkins that you have received the vaccine, and no additional action will be necessary.
In addition, individuals covered by a Johns Hopkins health plan, including the JHU Wellfleet Plan for students, can get a flu shot at no cost from their in-network primary care physician. Affiliates with insurance through Johns Hopkins also have opportunities to get free flu shots from participating pharmacies and should check their pharmacy programs for details.
If you choose any of these options, Johns Hopkins will not automatically be informed, so you should get documentation from the provider in order to complete the registration process when the time comes to return to on-campus activity.