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Immunization Requirements

Immunization Requirements Policy

Students who attend the University of Utah are required to be fully vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).  With the full FDA approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the university is also requiring COVID-19 vaccination. 

To be compliant with the vaccine requirement you must demonstrate:

MMR

  • That you received two MMR vaccinations—after your first birthday and at least 28 days apart, or
  • Results of a blood test (called a titer) proving measles, mumps, and rubella immunity, or
  • Indicate a medical, religious, or personal exemption.

COVID19

  • That you are fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus, or
  • Indicate a medical, religious, or personal exemption.
  • The University accepts the FDA approved Pfizer vaccine as well as certain other COVID vaccines (Moderna, Johnson & Johnson). 
  • Fully vaccinated means 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or 1 dose of Johnson and Johnson.
  • Vaccines obtained outside the US are accepted, provided they have been approved by the World Health Organization.
  • Currently these are:  AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm BIBP, and Sinovac (all require 2 doses).  If you did not complete the series prior to coming to the US, you should receive a full series of the vaccines available in the US to be compliant.
  • Other international vaccines will not be accepted and students are encouraged to seek out a vaccine that qualifies for the requirement. 

 

How do I comply with these requirements?

  • Watch your University email account for detailed instructions.  If you received all of your vaccinations in Utah, our office may be able to automatically  confirm compliance with the requirements.  If so, you will receive an additional email letting you know that you are fully compliant with the vaccination requirements.
    • Otherwise, retrieve past immunization records including your COVID vaccination card. These are official forms that will verify your immunizations like:
    • Statement or photocopy of records from doctor/health care provider
    • State or international immunization records of vaccinations
    • Primary or secondary school records of vaccinations
    • Immunization records from another college or university attended
    • Military records
    • Documentation of measles, mumps, or rubella blood test(s)/titer(s) showing immunity
  • If verification from any of the above sources is unavailable, or you still need another MMR or COVID-19 vaccination, then you will need to do the following:
    • Receive the vaccine(s) from your health care provider, pharmacy, or local health department prior to arrival on campus
    • If unable to find MMR dates of vaccination, obtain the necessary blood test(s) from your health care provider to prove immunity; MMR titers can be done at the Student Health Center (Immunization Fees).
    • Receive the MMR or COVID-19 vaccination at the Student Health Center (Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Note: Clinic is closed on Wednesdays,12-2pm.)
    • Cost: $87.00 per injection for the MMR.  MMR vaccine is free if you have the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).  If you have other insurance (not SHIP), vaccines are covered at 100% at an in network care provider. If you have a non-SHIP policy, pharmacies that provide vaccinations can bill other insurances through your prescription insurance benefit.
    • The COVID-19 vaccination is FREE.
    • COVID-19 vaccination clinics are also occurring on campus.  Please go to coronavirus.utah.edu and choose Vaccine Information for a list of vaccination opportunities.
  • Create digital copies of all  documents. Make sure your name and date of birth are on all documents.  PDF is the preferred file type, but other file types are accepted. Make sure the files are no larger than 30 MB.
  • Sign into the patient portal and follow the directions under the “Immunization” tab and upload your supporting documents by clicking on the “Upload” tab.

 

What if I have a reason not to be immunized?

Pursuant to Utah law, students may indicate a medical, religious or personal exemption from receiving mandatory vaccines.  Reasons for medical exemptions vary by the vaccine and require a note from a healthcare provider.

If you wish to indicate an exemption, please click here.

What if I don't comply?

Students who do not comply by either showing that they have received the vaccines or indicating an exemption will have a “hold” placed on their record that will prevent registration for future classes. For Fall 2021, all records need to be received by 9/30/2021 to prevent a registration hold from being placed on your account that prevents registration for the Spring 2022 semester.

What if I have more questions or need more help?

Contact the Immunization Program Office 801-581-5804, Fax 801-585-5294, email Kerry.hill@shs.utah.edu or write to:

Kerry Hill
Immunization Program Manager
Immunization Program Office
University of Utah
Student Health Service
Madsen Health Center, Level 1
555 Foothill Boulevard
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-1105

Last Updated: 9/9/21