Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ

Are the vaccine and booster required? Where can I get a booster?

Yes, are undergraduate and graduate students participating in in-person classes or activities and all faculty, staff, and administrators (with the exception of those who have been granted a medical or religious exemption approved by the University) must receive the complete series of COVID vaccines, including the booster, and upload proof of the booster vaccine to the Loyola Student Health Portal by Jan. 31, 2022.

How can I submit proof of my vaccination?

Students should upload proof to the Loyola Student Health Portal.

Faculty, staff, and administrators should email proof of their booster shot to employeevitalcheck@loyola.edu or upload their proof through GetVitalCheck.

Can I request an exemption?

Vaccine exemptions will be granted only for documented medical and religious reasons. A medical exemption must include a note from a board-certified physician or other healthcare provider (MD, NP, PA primary provider, or specialist) discussing supporting evidence for the reason for the request. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators who claim exemption are subject to routine surveillance testing; non-compliance will result in adjudication/conduct process. Students can find more information about exemptions on the waiver form link. Employee requests may be filed using this Vaccine Waiver Form

Will I still be tested?

Members of the Loyola community who are vaccinated and have provided proof of vaccination to Student Health Services or Human Resources (if you are an employee) will not be tested every week, but they will still be selected occasionally as part of the surveillance testing pool. All exempt students and employees will remain in the pool for mandatory weekly testing.

Will I still have to quarantine if I am exposed to COVID-19?

If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not need to quarantine if you are exposed—unless you begin to show symptoms. Then you will need to quarantine and be tested.

What if I am living outside the U.S.?

International students need to receive a U.S.-approved (full or EUA) vaccine.  If you are an international student, please speak with OISS about these requirements.  Given many nations worldwide do not have the vaccine widely available to college-aged individuals, we will work with you to get you vaccinated quickly upon arrival to the U.S.

Am I eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

All people who are 5 or older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.

I’ve had COVID-19. Is it safe or necessary to get vaccinated?

Yes, the CDC recommends that you can and should get vaccinated against COVID-19 once you complete your 10-day period of isolation. If you have received a treatment for COVID-19 known as monoclonal antibodies, you would wait 90 days from infusion to receive the vaccine.

How can I get vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccinations are readily accessible throughout the United States. You can contact your primary care physician, go to an urgent care, or visit a local pharmacy. You can find appointments locally in Maryland (i.e., at pharmacies) through Maryland’s COVID-19 Vaccine Enrollment site or this Vaccine Locator site. Loyola will offer vaccine booster clinics in January 2021.

Why should I get vaccinated?

Being vaccinated protects you and others. The COVID-19 vaccine will help prevent you from getting COVID-19 and spreading it to others. Here are resources with more information: