Like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maryland Department of Health, and medical providers across the country, the University of Maryland strongly believes that the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from getting the disease, in addition to following preventive measures. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.
Every faculty member, staff member and student plays a vital role in the health and safety of our University community. We ask that each of you consider your health and the health of others, and comply with the vaccine mandate. Getting vaccinated remains the best way to ensure that we have a full and rich experience during the fall semester.
COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff returning to campus this fall semester, as announced by the University System of Maryland Chancellor.
UMD will comply with all federal and state laws in granting appropriate exemptions for medical or religious reasons.
Request a Vaccine Exemption
See An Example Exemption Form:
Students who are not vaccinated without an exemption will face serious and immediate consequences to their registration and enrollment status.
For Faculty and Staff:
If a staff or faculty member does not comply with masking, testing or any other health and safety requirements, progressive discipline will be implemented, up to and including termination.
If you need help with the vaccine requirement and/or compliance, please complete the COVID-19 Compliance Support Request form.
Due to the relative density of our campus -- in residence halls and classrooms -- all students, faculty and staff are eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster.
There are several ways to make an appointment to receive your initial vaccine, a booster or an additional shot.
The university is working with vaccination partners to administer vaccines to our campus community. Details on vaccine appointments are posted here as they become available.
On-Campus Vaccine Clinic (Pfizer vaccine)
Available to all students, faculty and staff for:
Where: On-campus at the University Health Center (UHC); report to Registration to check in.
When: The clinic is open 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on the dates below.
All Marylanders age 5 and older are eligible for vaccination.
The CDC has tools to find vaccine providers across the country.
Administrative leave for vaccine appointments is available to regular and Contingent II staff and faculty. Please review more details on available time and how to use it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have indicated that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us getting the illness. Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection. But with all types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of “memory” T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that virus in the future. You can learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work by visiting the CDC’s website. Currently, three vaccines are authorized and recommended in the United States to prevent COVID-19: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The list of ingredients included in the three vaccines is available on the CDC website.
Yes. The University System of Maryland announced on April 23, 2021 that all eligible students, faculty, and staff on Maryland campuses are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the start of the fall 2021 semester. Getting vaccinated is important for our UMD campus community’s health, safety, and well-being, and we encourage all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Students, faculty, and staff should get vaccinated as soon as possible and confirm their vaccination status at return.umd.edu by clicking “Confirm Vaccination Status”. Students who did not confirm full or partial vaccination status, or request a religious or medical exemption by Monday, August 16 at 5:00 p.m. have had their course registration canceled. To regain access to Testudo and re-register for the fall 2021 semester, confirm your status at return.umd.edu.
To Confirm Your Vaccination Status:
For Partially Vaccinated Individuals: If you've had a first dose, input your first dose information manually to the UHC portal as soon as possible so you can be in Pending status.
The CDC indicates that in general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
Yes. UMD will comply with all federal and state laws in granting appropriate exemptions for medical or religious reasons.
Request a vaccine exemption for medical or religious reasons here. UMD Central Authentication Service (CAS) login required.
Review samples of the exemption information:
Any students, faculty, or staff granted a vaccination exemption are required to:
Yes, the CDC indicates that you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Evidence suggests that natural immunity may not last as long, and that immunity from vaccines may be more robust and last longer. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible that you could become re-infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 after your immunity wanes.
Yes. All students, faculty, or staff coming to campus are required to be vaccinated.
All Marylanders age 12 and older are eligible for vaccination.
Outside the State of Maryland
The CDC has tools to find vaccine providers across the country.
Students who did not confirm full or partial vaccination status, or request a religious or medical exemption by Monday, August 16 at 5:00 p.m. have had their course registration canceled. To regain access to Testudo and re-register for the fall 2021 semester, confirm your status at return.umd.edu. You will be blocked from registering for courses for the fall 2021 semester and beyond until you are compliant with the vaccine mandate.
Students who are not in compliance with the campus’ vaccination requirement may have their class registrations canceled and will not be allowed to move in or live in university-owned residence halls or Chapter Houses. Further, students not in compliance will be denied access to all university-owned buildings and campus services, including, but not limited to, academic buildings, dining and RecWell facilities, libraries, and The Stamp.
All students living in the university-owned residence halls and fraternity/sorority chapter houses must be fully vaccinated (i.e., a completed vaccine regimen plus 14 days after your final vaccine dose) or have an approved religious or medical exemption before arriving on campus for their move-in appointment.
Residents who are not in full compliance with the vaccination requirements will not be issued keys or allowed to check in.
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