All graduate and undergraduate Emory University students must be 100% compliant with Emory University immunization requirements, including flu and COVID-19.

 

 

Flu + Other Immunizations

Due by October 18

All graduate and undergraduate Emory University Students need to be 100% compliant with all vaccine requirements, including COVID-19, by uploading their appropriate documents in the Student Health Portal.

On Oct. 18, those who are not fully compliant will have a hold on their OPUS account, preventing registration for Spring 2022 classes.

Due by October 29

All students need to complete a Flu Vaccine Attestation

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COVID-19

All students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or receive an approved exemption for validated medical conditions or sincerely held religious beliefs by December 8, 2021.

Medical Conditions

If you have already received an approved medical exemption from Student Health Services, you do not need to do anything further.

If you need to apply for a medical exemption, please follow the directions provided on the student patient portal.

Religious Exemptions

To apply for a vaccination exemption due to a sincerely held religious belief, please follow the steps below:

  1. Download and print the exemption request form
  2. Complete all sections of the exemption request form, to include any requested explanations, supporting documentation, or required signatures
  3. Submit the exemption request form to your Return To Campus portal

Exemption requests will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary committee, in alignment with other exemption processes across Emory, to either approve/deny exemptions. You will receive notification of this committee’s decision via email in a timely manner.

Please note that if your exemption request is approved, you will still be required to conduct weekly COVID-19 testing through the university’s screening program.


Additional Information

If you are living on campus, a Meningococcal ACWY vaccine is required. You can check your immunization status and if you still need the vaccine (1 booster after age 16), schedule an appointment through the Student Health Portal. For more information on the vaccine, please scroll down this page and select the vaccine from the dropdown. 

We do not accept a history of varicella disease as being compliant. Please submit proof of vaccination or blood test antibody results.

VERY IMPORTANT: Questions? Unable to meet the deadline? We will help you manage the process so you can register.  Please upload what immunizations you do have documented and message the Immunization Compliance secure message box on the secure portal or email: Immunizations-SHS@emory.edu for further assistance.

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), scroll to the bottom of this page. 

 


Incoming students should carefully review the Emory immunization requirements below and complete the electronic immunization form available via our secure website through the student patient portal (link below) which you sign into using your Emory OPUS user ID and password.

Emory University Mandatory Immunization Requirement Policy

Student Patient Portal

 

If you cannot find the answer to your immunization question through our website, you can reach us directly by sending immunization compliance a message through the patient portal, email here or by calling 404-727-0392. 

  • If you have a medical contraindication to any of Emory's immunization requirements, please submit a letter of explanation, signed by both you and your healthcare provider, along with your other immunization records. Upload this document to your Student Portal. 
  • Please note that the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Requirement (for health sciences students and international students from specific TB endemic countries) cannot be declined.
  • Vaccine Information StatementsThe CDC creates a frequently updated Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for each of the vaccines marketed in the United States. These VIS documents review the disease, who should get the vaccine, who should not get the vaccine or should delay, potential side effects and severe reactions, and how to get more information. Use the link above to access the webpage at the CDC, then search for the vaccine you are interested in knowing more information about.

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Four Steps Are Required for Compliance


Dear Student,

We want to remind you that our staff at student health is available to address any of your questions regarding immunizations via email at immunizations-shs@emory.edu. Preferably, you can contact us directly via your Patient Portal by sending a message to “immunization compliance.” Please keep in mind that your immunizations are due by July 1st for new to campus UCOL students and August 1st for returning students and new graduate and professional students.

Here are some helpful steps you can take to complete your immunization requirements if you are unable to get the Emory form updated and signed by your personal provider due to the challenges associated with COVID-19.

1) In most cases, your immunization records can be accessed through your state registry.

a) If you are a Georgia resident, then please visit the Georgia Registry of Immunizationsand fill out the Grits IMM Record Request Form under “For Public” section to access your health records.

b) For non-Georgia residents, visit the CDC Immunization Information Services pagefor contact information to your state registry. 

2) You can also try to schedule an appointment with your local medical provider or access specific urgent

We are currently accepting your previous intuitions’ official signed and stamped immunization form if you are unable to complete the required Emory’s immunization form. Please reach out to us for any questions or concerns.

 

Yours in health,

Emory University Student Health Services

Immunization Compliance Team

 

Download and print a copy of your school-specific paper form and take it to your healthcare provider to verify and sign.  If you already have an official signed copy of your REQUIRED immunization form, go to step two.

REQUIRED Immunization Form

To view and/or print the paper version of the REQUIRED immunization form (these forms are preferred as they expedite our processing), please click on the appropriate link below:

Fill out the online Tuberculosis Questionnaire Form on the Your Patient Portal home page. You may also fill out the paper version of the Tuberculosis Questionnaire on the paper immunization form and upload with your signed immunization records. Note: an alternate tuberculosis screening is required for the School of Medicine, all Allied Health programs, and all School of Nursing programs.

Enter and submit the vaccination dates into the electronic Immunization Form on Student Patient Portal.

Upload the verified and signed form via Student Patient Portal.

For further assistance, please contact the immunization compliance team by calling 404-727-7551 or emailing immunizations-shs@emory.edu.

All Students Must Have The Following Required Immunizations Prior to Enrollment


 

All students must receive, or provide documentation of receiving, a COVID-19 vaccination.

To ensure documentation and appropriate tracking for compliance, please upload your documents as directed below.

For those students who received their COVID-19 vaccine at the Northlake location on or after March 22, 2021 or have received your vaccine at our Student Health office or one of our clinics, you do not need to do anything further.

For students who received their COVID-19 vaccine prior to March 22, 2021 (this would include Healthcare students) or have received a vaccine outside of Emory Healthcare and/or the student vaccine platform, please access your Student Patient Portal.  On the left-hand column, click “Forms” and then click “Immunization Forms” in the body of the page.  Enter the date of your specific COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson and Johnson), then scroll down to the bottom of the page to upload your documentation and click SUBMIT.

You can find more information about submitting the forms here.

 

All students living in on-campus housing must have one dose of Meningococcal conjugate or Men ACWY vaccine given on or after 16 years of age.

For students that will be living in Emory on-campus housing, State of Georgia law (Official Code of Georgia Annotated 31-12-3.2) requires that they receive information about meningococcal meningitis and the vaccines. https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/about/risk-community.html 

All students born on or after January 1, 1957 must meet this requirement either by having been vaccinated against the three diseases (as the combined vaccine MMR or individual vaccinations against the 3 diseases) or showing laboratory evidence of immunity to all 3 diseases:

EITHER:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
Dose 1: At 12 month of age or older (provide month, day and year) and
Dose 2: At least one month after dose 1 (provide month, day and year)
 

OR ALL THREE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Measles (Rubeola, Red Measles or Ten-Day Measles) - two doses of vaccine or a positive antibody titer
Dose 1: At 12 month of age or older (provide month, day and year) and
Dose 2: At least one month after dose 1 (provide month, day and year), or
Positive Antibody Titer (include copy of lab result)
  • Mumps - two doses of vaccine or a positive antibody titer
Dose 1: At 12 month of age or older (provide month, day and year) and
Dose 2: At least one month after dose 1 (provide month, day and year), or
Positive Antibody Titer (include copy of lab result)
  • Rubella (German Measles or Three-Day Measles) - one dose of vaccine or a positive antibody titer
Dose 1: At 12 month of age or older (provide month, day and year) or
Positive Antibody Titer (include copy of lab result)

All students must have the basic primary series of 3 doses of Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoid (DT or TD). In addition, all students must have a Td or Tdap booster within the past 10 years (a Tetanus Diphtheria booster shot is required every 10 years after the basic primary series has been completed).

All students are required to have had one adult Tdap booster.  If the Tdap was given longer than ten years ago, a student must have received an additional Td or Tdap within the past 10 years.

All students must have a series of THREE Hepatitis B vaccinations:  an initial dose, followed by a dose 1-2 months after the first, and a final dose 6 months after the first (AND two months after the second).

OR Positive Quantitative antibody Titer (you must submit/upload a copy of this lab report).

  • All Allied Health and School of Nursing and School of Medicine students must submit/upload a copy of the post-vaccine quantitative antibody titer lab report before arrival.
  • If you are currently in the process of being immunized for Hepatitis B, you can finish the series once you are at school on a fee-for-service basis.

All students must have a positive Varicella antibody titer or 2 doses of vaccine given at least 1 month apart. We will no longer accept history of disease for compliance.

  • A copy of the Varicella titer lab report must be submitted/uploaded if that option is chosen.

All college, graduate, business, law, public health, theology and all non-medical/nursing students must fill out the Tuberculosis questionnaire. If any question is answered 'yes', a TB screening test is required (PPD skin testing, Quantiferon TB Gold or T-spot, and/or a chest x-ray).

Emory University requires a TB screening test within 6 months of matriculation of all Allied Health, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing students and all international students who have arrived in the United States from countries in which tuberculosis is endemic. 

  • Allied Health and Medical Students screened by PPD will also need a second PPD (the "two step" PPD process) AFTER their arrival at Emory.
  • Nursing students screened by PPD are required to get a second PPD at least 2 weeks after the first PPD AND PRIOR to their arrival at Emory.
Because TB is so common globally, it is easier to list countries of low TB prevalence rather than high. Therefore, all international students who have arrived in the United States are required to undergo tuberculosis screening EXCEPT those from the following exempt countries:

Albania, Amer. Samoa, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bonaire/St. Eustatius/Saba, British Virgin Isl., Canada, Cayman Isl., Chile, Cook Isl., Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Monserrat, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Oman, Poland, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St.Vincent and the Grenadines,  Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Saint Maarten (Dutch), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turks & Caicos Isl., United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, US Virgin Isl., Wallis & Futuna Isl., West Bank & Gaza Strip

The preferred testing for these international students is either a Quantiferon TB Gold or T-spot blood test; however a negative PPD skin test is acceptable. 

Immunization and Vaccine FAQs


We will help you and support you through the process but only if you communicate with us.  Send a message in your patient portal about what vaccines you are not able to access and upload the vaccines you have received.  You will receive further guidance, so you are able to register. 

To request a declination, go to the Student Portal and find ‘Forms’ on the left side, then ‘Immunization Forms”. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link to the declination form. Upload the completed form. For a medical contraindication we need a letter from your provider explaining the contraindication. The letter needs to be signed by your provider and yourself. Upload the form through the student portal.
Yes. Watch for more information about time, location and how to sign up for an appointment. We continue to recommend that you receive vaccines which are available to you prior to arrival.
You can visit us at Student Health: 1525 Clifton Rd. We are open 9-4 for non-COVID immunization appointments during the week. Schedule an appointment through your portal. COVID vaccines appointments are scheduled separately through the patient portal.
You will need to test for COVID when you arrive on campus and will need to continue to test for 2 weeks after you have completed your COVID vaccine series. You can schedule a COVID test through Emory Forward website.
We no longer accept history of disease as immunity. We need a lab report to confirm your immunity or documentation of two doses of the vaccine.

Declination or Medical Contraindication


If you or your healthcare provider feels that you cannot comply with any of Emory’s immunization requirements (including medical contraindications to specific vaccinations), please submit a letter of explanation signed by both you and your healthcare provider along with your updated immunization records using the Student Patient Portal to upload.  
  • All incoming Emory students must meet the CDC and American College Health Association immunization guidelines prior to registration for classes. However, Emory Student Health Services (EUSHS) is aware that some students have a strong personal objection to vaccination with one or more of the required vaccines. The declination form must be filled out at the beginning of each school year to prevent a registration hold.  This process is subject to change in accordance with expert guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College Health Association.  

  • The access to the declination form is only available through the Student Patient Portal.

  • Once the Declination Form has been reviewed, checked, initialed and signed/dated, please upload through the Student Patient Portal.

Please note that the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Requirement cannot be declined.

For information about specific vaccinations, please see the CDC vaccine information statements.”

 

Student Health Services

Emory University Student Health Services (EUSHS) provides outpatient care for enrolled Emory students with a valid Emory ID card. International student's spouses, Domestic Partners and unmarried children over 18 years of age are also eligible for primary medical care if they are currently enrolled in the Emory/Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan.

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