Vaccinations

The College currently requires a number of vaccinations prior to student matriculation including MMR, TDAP, polio and meningitis. Given the importance of vaccination in protecting our community and helping to resume the vibrant campus culture, we will require all students coming or returning to campus this fall, and who do not require religious, spiritual or medical exemptions, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All faculty and staff are required to report their COVID-19 vaccination status or sign a refusal to disclose form. 

It is important for us to have the complete picture of vaccinations on campus to move forward with the academic year. All students, faculty, staff and contractors are required to report their vaccination status by July 31 by completing a secure online form.

If any student, whether local or abroad, needs support scheduling a vaccination appointment, please reach out to wellness@hood.edu immediately. Hood will help local and international students schedule a free vaccination appointment in Frederick. 

The College will comply with local, state and federal law to allow for accommodations for documented medical contraindications, and sincerely held religious or spiritual beliefs. Any student with an approved accommodation to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement (referred to simply as unvaccinated individuals) will receive instructions regarding additional prevention measures they will be expected to take; including but not limited to wearing a mask, weekly, mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing, and quarantining after exposure to a positive case. Requests for exemption are due no later than July 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Faculty, staff and contractors who sign a refusal to disclose form will receive instructions regarding additional prevention measures they will be expected to take; including but not limited to wearing a mask, weekly, mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing and quarantining after exposure to a positive case.

  • Students who do not qualify for an exemption and fail to get vaccinated by July 31 will not be allowed on campus and will be unenrolled from their classes. 
  • Faculty, staff and contractors who do not report their COVID-19 vaccination status or sign a refusal to disclose form by July 31 will be subject to sanctions, including suspension without pay and eventual termination.

Please note: The vaccination exemption provided to students by Hood College (for medical reasons or spiritual beliefs) is not transferrable. Host sites for internships, field work, etc. may impose vaccination requirements or other protocols that students must follow in order to complete their experience at that site. 

Information on the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on the CDC’s website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters: According to the CDC, certain people are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, including those who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago. Additional populations may be recommended to receive a booster shot as more data become available. 

Hood College is not requiring COVID-19 vaccine boosters at this time, but encourages all community members to consult with their medical providers to determine if and when a COVID-19 booster dose would be appropriate.