Vaccine FAQs

This page will be updated on a regular basis. If you do not see your question below, please email covidquestions@hood.edu.

Yes. All Hood undergraduate and graduate students who will be on-campus attending classes, performing duties, and/or participating in on-campus activities will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (i.e. photo of vaccine card) or request an exception by July 31.  

Please plan ahead: Depending on the type of vaccine you receive; you may have to receive your first dose no later than July 4 in order to get your second dose by July 31

All students are required to complete and submit their vaccination card by July 31 and should make every effort to start vaccination as soon as possible. Depending on the type of vaccine you receive, you may need to get your first shot by July 4 to meet this deadline.  

The July 31 deadline allows sufficient time for students to become fully vaccinated (two weeks since final vaccine dose) and for staff to process this documentation in advance of the scheduled move-in dates in August. Students who are moving in early should plan to complete their vaccine series earlier in order to be fully vaccinated (two weeks since final vaccine dose) before their move in date.  

 

Students, faculty and staff will upload their CDC vaccination card to Hood's Vaccine Verification form by July 31. Individuals will be required to affirm that the information that they provided is accurate and true. 

There is robust evidence that all three COVID vaccines that have been approved in the United States (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) provide strong protection against severe symptoms of COVID, and consequently hospitalization and death from the virus. If our campus and community is to resume normal operations in the fall and relax many of the policies in place during the 2020-21 school year, the campus must reach a level of herd immunity such that 80 percent of all persons on campus in the fall must be fully vaccinated.

If the College reaches a herd immunity of 80%, fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff, will not be required to wear masks, participate in surveillance testing or physically distance. Unvaccinated individuals may be required to practice other mitigation measures such as wearing a mask, participating in weekly surveillance testing and/or physical distancing. Being fully vaccinated is defined as  

  • 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 

  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine 

Mitigation requirements will be reviewed frequently and may change for all individuals (regardless of vaccination status), based on campus vaccination rates, local, State or federal guidance.  

There are several ways to make an appointment to be vaccinated: 

  • In Maryland 

    • Hospitals, Local Health Departments, and Pharmacies: Available sites vary depending on where you live in the state. Maryland’s COVID-19 Vaccinations page has a tool to “Find a Vaccination Clinic Near You”. 

    • Mass Vaccination Site: Maryland residents ages 16 and older can schedule an appointment to be vaccinated at one of the state’s mass vaccination sites.  

    • Frederick County Residents and Hood Employees: Individuals who live or work in the county can make an appointment for their first dose of the vaccine. 

  • Outside the State of Maryland 

    • The CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine site has tools to find vaccine providers near you and to check your state health department’s vaccine information. 

Vaccines are provided at no cost to the individual. 

No, it is not required to arrive early solely for vaccination purposes. Students who are unable to receive the vaccine in their home country/state before the July 31 deadline should communicate the reason for non-compliance by emailing wellness@hood.edu. The College will help connect students with local providers who can administer the vaccine upon a student's arrival in Frederick if vaccinations cannot be obtained in the home country/state.  

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. 

In most cases, you should wait until you are out of isolation (all COVID symptoms have resolved) to get the vaccine, but no longer than 90 days. If you were treated with monoclonal antibodies and/or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting the vaccine. 

Hood College will comply with state and federal law to allow medical and sincerely held religious or spiritual belief exemptions to the vaccine requirement. This will include: (a) medical counterindication for vaccination including severe allergy to the vaccine or components as defined by the most current recommendations of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP); and (b) a sincerely held religious or spiritual belief accommodations. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may also request an accommodation.

If a student finds they need a reasonable accommodation based on a documented disability that prevents them from complying with any of the required vaccines, the student will need to submit a request for accommodations through Hood's Office of Accessibility Services

Applications for accommodations are due by July 31.  

The only true contraindications to the COVID-19 vaccine are 1) a severe anaphylactic reaction to a prior dose of one of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (requiring the use of epinephrine or EpiPen) or 2) an allergy to a component of the vaccine. There are no other contraindications specific to the three different vaccines, however women who are pregnant and breastfeeding may request an accommodation.

If a student finds they need a reasonable accommodation based on a documented disability that prevents them from complying with any of the required vaccines, the student will need to submit a request for accommodations through Hood's Office of Accessibility Services

Students who do not qualify for an accommodation based on a document disability and fail to get vaccinated will not be allowed on campus in the fall. 

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have a tremendous amount of information and support available for those who have questions about the vaccine or want to learn more. 

If a student finds they need a reasonable accommodation based on a documented disability, or are not sure if you are eligible for accommodations, please contact Hood’s Office of Accessibility Services (AccessibilityServices@hood.edu).

Yes. Vaccinated and unvaccinated students can room together, and roommate decisions will not be influenced by vaccination status. If you have concerns related to a documented disability, please contact Hood’s Office of Accessibility Services (AccessibilityServices@hood.edu).