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COVID-19 Information for UMD

UPDATED January 21, 2022 at 4:51 P.M.

Our focus has been on the health and well-being of our entire campus community, and our plans have been coordinated with state and county health officials, with additional guidance provided by the University System of Maryland.


The university plans to begin the spring 2022 semester as planned and in-person on January 24. All faculty, staff and students, regardless of vaccination status, must:

  • Boost: Obtain a vaccine booster by January 24 or within 14 days of becoming eligible and upload their booster information at
  • Test: Be tested no more than 48 hours before coming to campus on January 24.
  • Mask: Wear masks at all times while indoors; KN95 masks are required in all classroom settings and recommended everywhere. 
  • Pledge: Sign the I AM #4Maryland pledge to abide by all health protocols.

Find additional details on all Spring 2022 requirements.

These measures are subject to change, depending on evolving COVID-19 conditions. 


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Current Status

  • Vaccination: COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all students, faculty and staff, and vaccine boosters are required by January 24 or within 14 days of becoming eligible. Additional requirements apply to those who are not up-to-date with their vaccine by receiving a booster when eligible.
  • Masks: Wearing a mask indoors is required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. KN95 masks are required in classrooms. There are additional situations when masks may be required. 
  • Testing: Students, faculty and staff who are up-to-date with their vaccines do not need to be tested regularly. Community members who are unvaccinated or not up-to-date with their vaccine booster need to be tested twice weekly regardless of exemption status.
  • Special Health Conditions: Individuals with a weakened or compromised immune system may need to continue to take precautions to maximally protect themselves.
  • Travel: The university’s travel guidance currently allows essential and non-essential travel within the United States, depending on your vaccination status. Restrictions are still in place for international travel.


COVID-19 Health Updates: For information about the virus, variants, vaccination and other health-related matters, we encourage you to review resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Johns Hopkins University.


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