Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ

Is the COVID vaccine required for Loyola students for Fall 2021?

Yes, all undergraduate and graduate students attending class in person must receive their final dose of one of the COVID vaccines by Aug. 1, 2021. In addition, students who will be on campus this summer must be fully vaccinated by July 1, 2021.

How can I submit proof of my vaccination?

Students should take a photo of your COVID-19 vaccination record card and email it to healthservices@loyola.edu.

Faculty, staff, and administrators should report that they have received the vaccine through GetVitalCheck and submit a photo of their COVID-19 vaccination record card.

Can I request an exemption?

Yes, but 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 who claim exemption are subject to routine surveillance testing; non-compliance will result in adjudication/conduct process. You can find more information about exemptions on the waiver form link.

Is the COVID vaccine required for Loyola faculty, staff, and administrators?

Yes, all FSA are required to be vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination through GetVitalCheck by Sept. 13, 2021. Exemptions will be permitted only for medical and religious reasons and must be approved by Human Resources. Requests may be filed using this Vaccine Waiver Form. Those with exemptions will be required to participate in indoor masking and weekly COVID-19 testing conducted on Loyola’s Evergreen campus for the foreseeable future.

Will I be required to get a booster?

Loyola will work in consultation with medical experts to determine if and when boosters might be needed in the future.

How will having all students vaccinated improve my experience for the 2021-2022 academic year?

With a vaccinated student population on campus next fall, we will be able to offer our students a richer in-person experience, reduce testing, carve out less space for isolation and quarantine, and let students interact more freely. We will also help contribute to the health of our Baltimore community.

Will I still be tested?

If you are vaccinated and have provided proof of vaccination to Student Health Services or Human Resources (if you are an employee), you will not be part of the surveillance testing pool. However, non-vaccinated students and employees will remain in the testing pool. 

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 12 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 also offer a vaccination clinic for faculty, staff, and administrators on Aug. 12 and Sept. 2. Human Resources will provide more information.

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: