Required Annual Flu Vaccination at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Information for the 2020-2021 Influenza Season

We are dedicated to the safety, health and well-being of our patients and staff. Protecting the infants, children and teens in our care is at the heart of all that we do. This includes protecting our patients from communicable diseases such as influenza (flu). 

As we have required since 2013, all employees, physicians and allied health professionals with clinical privileges, students, trainees, volunteers and vendors must receive the flu vaccine each year. 

The goal of mandatory flu immunization is to help protect our patients from the flu and the risks it poses to children with critical or chronic illness. At any given time, more than half of our patients are too young or too immunosuppressed to receive the flu vaccine. Full immunization of Johns Hopkins All Children’s personnel helps to protect our patients to the greatest possible extent. In a season when COVID-19 and influenza may create even greater challenges, this is even more important. 

This website provides some basic information for the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital community. We have also included the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Influenza Vaccination policy, which was updated on Sept. 7, 2020.

Employees (Including Employed Physicians)

Every Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital employee must receive the flu vaccine at scheduled events on campus or submit proof of immunization from a flu shot received off campus by Nov. 20, 2020

In 2020, Johns Hopkins Medicine partnered with Walgreens, and employees will have three ways to obtain a flu shot at no charge:

  • On Campus: Walgreens will be on-site Oct. 6 – 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in OCC B to immunize employees. Bring your Johns Hopkins All Children’s badge. The Walgreens team will make additional visits as appropriate.
  • At Walgreens: You can take a voucher and your employee badge to any Walgreens to receive a flu shot.
  • Any Location Covered by Insurance: You also have the option to use our employee health insurance to get a flu shot from your physician or another location covered by Cigna. If you choose this option, you will need to upload documentation to a new tracking platform. 

Nov. 20, 2020 is the deadline to receive the flu vaccine (and upload documentation if you use option 3 above).

The vaccine is mandatory for all employees except those with an approved exemption based on certain medical conditions or on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs. A religious exception request must be submitted by November 10, 2020 to the HR Business Partner for your area: Stephen Adams at sadams55@jhmi.edu, Liz Bayron at ebayron1@jhmi.edu or Cassandra Carmestro at ccarmes1@jhmi.edu. A medical exemption request must be submitted to Occupational Health by November 10, 2020. 

Except in the case of a permanent medical condition, medical and religious exemption requests must be resubmitted each year. You can download a medical exemption request form, a religious accommodation form and the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Influenza Vaccination Policy here

Non-Employee Medical Staff and Other Credentialed Allied Health Professionals including ARNPs and PAs

Physicians, PAs, APRNs and other credentialed allied health professionals of private medical staff with clinical privileges at Johns Hopkins All Children’s also need to receive the flu vaccine by November 20, 2020.

Providers with a current Johns Hopkins All Children’s badge can receive a flu shot free of charge on campus on October 6 – 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in OCC B. Additional times, when determined, will be communicated to providers.

Alternatively, non-employee medical staff and other credentialed allied health professions can receive the flu vaccine at a location of their choice and submit proof of immunization to the Medical Affairs office by November 20, 2020. Scan the documentation and email it to Kristy Stewart at kstewa34@jhmi.edu

Failure to be immunized by that date will result in suspension of privileges until proof of immunization is provided, or until the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Vice President of Medical Affairs declares flu season has ended. 

You can download a medical exemption request form, a religious accommodation form and the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Influenza Vaccination Policy here

Volunteers

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Volunteer program is currently suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, volunteers who receive a flu shot from their physician, clinic or retail location should keep the documentation that shows they received the 2020-2021 flu shot. This would be required if a decision is made that the program can safely resume before the end of flu season.

Students and Trainees

Medical students, nursing students, allied health students and trainees must receive the annual flu vaccine before they can participate in on-campus training at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital during the 2020-2021 flu season.

Nursing students and allied health students must provide this documentation to their school.
Students/residents/fellows who are on campus in Fall 2020 and have a Johns Hopkins All Children’s badge are eligible to receive the flu shot provided on-site by Walgreens staff at specified times. 

The Office of Medical Education must have a signed attestation on file for all graduate medical education residents/fellows. Any other students or trainees must sign an attestation of compliance with the policy.

Vendors

Vendors should upload proof of immunization by following instructions found in the VendorMate kiosk.

Vendors who do not submit proof of immunization by November 2, 2020 will not be able to visit the campus until the Johns Hopkins All Children's Vice President of Medical Affairs declares flu season has ended. (Note: the VendorMate deadline is earlier than other deadlines mentioned on this webpage.)

Please direct any questions to Zachary Burchfield, supply chain business manager, at zburch1@jhmi.edu or 727-767-2696.

Information for Patients and Family Members

Because your child’s health and well-being are very important to us, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital now requires that our personnel receive the flu vaccine each year. The goal of our policy is to protect our patients as much as possible. We hope that you will do your part, too.

We recommend the flu vaccine for all of our patients who are over six months of age and have medical clearance. Talk with your child’s doctor about the vaccine.

We encourage parents, brothers and sisters, and other household members and caregivers to get a flu shot. This is an important step in protecting your family’s health. While we are not able to provide flu shots for parents and other family members, there are may places where it is available, including physician offices, pharmacies, walk-in clinics, supermarkets and the Florida Department of Health. The Pinellas Health Department office closest to the hospital is located at 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, phone: 727-824-6900.