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Immunization Policy

COVID-19 Health Advisory Alerts & FALL 2021 UPDATES

April 27, 2021 Announcement
Santa Clara University will require graduate and undergraduate students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 for fall 2021. The requirement will go into effect once at least one of the three currently available vaccines has received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the start of fall term, whichever is later.

For the latest campus-wide information, please visit Prepared SCU and read the latest campus messages. 

Learn about the COVID-19 Vaccine and review our COVID-19 FAQs.

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Santa Clara University is committed to protecting the health and well‐being of our students. We are committed to ensure that students are educated about and receive vaccinations to prevent potentially serious and contagious diseases.  Despite the fact that many people do receive the recommended vaccines, there are still documented outbreaks of vaccine‐preventable‐diseases (VPD) in California each year amongst those who were not completely immunized.

Immunization Services

Services for immunization medications is a part of our walk-in clinic that administers vaccinations as a simple, safe, and effective way to prevent many diseases from spreading.

Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:00pm
Student Health Services located in The Cowell Center

Immunization Policy

All newly enrolled students (undergraduates, graduates, transfers, re-admits, LAW and JST) are required to comply with the Santa Clara University Immunization Requirements.  

NOTE: Effective April 27, 2021 Santa Clara University will require ALL students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 for fall 2021. This requirement will go into effect once at least one of the three currently available vaccines has received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the start of fall term, whichever is later.

Medical Immunization Exemption Request Form

To request a medical immunization exemption students will be required to have their doctor complete the Medical Immunization Exemption Request Form. The completed form should be uploaded into your file in the Cowell Center | My Student Health Portal through the MySCU Portal. 

Immunizations FAQ

Please click the tabs below for answers to your questions.

Q: I received individual doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, is that still sufficient?
A: Yes, as long as each dosage was on or after your first birthday and you received two dosages of each separated by at least 28 days.

Q: I received the first dosage of MMR before my first birthday, what do I do?
A: You must receive a third dosage.

Q: If I had Chicken Pox as a child does that mean I am cleared for the Varicella requirement?
A: No, even if you had Chicken Pox as child, you still need to get a titer (blood test) to prove immunity.

Q: I only got the titer for Varicella, is that sufficient?
A: Yes, if the titer is positive, that will satisfy the Varicella immunity requirement. If titer is negative, documentation of 2 doses required.

Q: I got the first dose of Varicella before my first birthday, what do I do?
A: You must receive a third dosage. 

Q: Is the TB screening mandatory?
A: Students outside of the US coming from "High TB Burden" countries are required to submit a laboratory report of a negative Quantiferon or Tspot blood test completed in the United States or Canada within 2 weeks of your first quarter at SCU. Students outside of the US from countries of origin that are not “High TB Burden” as designated by the World Health Organization may be exempt from this requirement. View a complete list of the World Health Organization's list of High TB Burden Countries.

Q: What if I had the BCG vaccine?
A: A history of BCG immunization does NOT fulfill this requirement.

Q: What if I had a reactive/positive T-Spot or QuantiFeron-TB Gold test?
A: You must submit proof of the positive result and a normal/negative Chest X-Ray done within 6 months prior to entry to SCU to confirm that you do not have active Tuberculosis (TB). 

Q: What are the vaccine age requirements for Meningitis, Serogroup B Meningococcal Disease? 
A: According to the CDC, there is no upper age limit requirement for the Meningococcal B immunization.  It is recommended for anyone who is at increased risk for serogroup B meningococcal disease.  An increased risk exists when living in high contact areas like a residence hall.  In addition, the CDC does not routinely recommend MenB vaccination for all adolescents. Clinicians may choose to administer a MenB vaccine to patients 16 through 23 years of age, but the preferred age at which to administer the vaccine is 16 through 18 years old.

Q: Do I have to receive a dose of Menactra or Menveo (Meningococcal ACWY/MCV4)?
A: You must receive a dose of Menactra or Menveo (Meningococcal ACWY/MCV4) on or after the age of 16, if you are residing on campus.

Q: I got the Meningococcal vaccine before my 16th birthday, what do I do?
A: You will need another dose of the Meningococcal vaccine to satisfy the requirement.

Q: Do I have to receive a Meningococcal B (Trumenba, or Bexsero) vaccine?
A: If you are residing in campus housing, you will have to receive a Meningococcal B (Trumenba, or Bexsero) vaccine. 

Q: Do you allow titers for Meningococcal?
A: No. We only accept documentation of the vaccine. 

 

Q: What is the deadline for completing the immunization requirements?
A: Immunization records should be uploaded into your file in the Cowell Center | My Student Health Portal through the MySCU Portal according to the schedule below: 

The deadline to complete all COVID vaccination requirements including an Immunization Exemption Request for ALL students is Wednesday, September 1, 2021.  

The deadline to complete all other immunization requirements for new incoming first year students during the 2021/2022 academic year are shown below. 

Fall incoming students - Friday, October 8, 2021

Winter incoming students - Friday, January 21, 2022

Spring incoming students - Friday, April 22, 2022

Q: Can I get an extension on the deadline so I can fulfill the requirements at the SCU Student Health Services?
A: There will not be a deadline extension; however, if you are missing any of the required immunizations, you may come to the Cowell Center to use Student Health Services to help fulfill this requirement.

Q: Will I get a confirmation email once I fulfill the requirements?
A: It is incumbent on you to check your student portal at MySCU Portal (https://www.scu.edu/apps/login/) and click on the Cowell Center/My Student Health Portal to see if you have satisfied these requirements. 

 

Q: What forms are required in Cowell Center/My Student Health?
A: Prior to a first appointment at Student Health Services, students are required to complete a Consent to Treatment form. To fulfill immunization requirements, students must complete their Health History form and upload their official Immunization document from their provider.

Q. What should submissions look like?
A: All documents must clearly state the student's name and date of birth in English. A signature or stamp from your physician or clinic is required for your official immunization record. Incomplete documents will not be accepted.

Q. What should lab results look like?
A: All laboratory results must include the full report including a numeric value and reference range.

Q: If I submitted my immunization records or the Immunization Checklist, do I need to fill out the required immunization fields in the MySCU Portal, Cowell Center/MyStudent Health Portal?
A: Yes, you are still required to fill out the immunization date fields that are visible on the MySCU Portal (https://www.scu.edu/apps/login/).Click on the Cowell Center/My Student Health Portal.Your documentation will not be reviewed unless the date fields are filled out.

Q: Do I still have to submit my immunization/lab reports if my physician's office signs and completes my provided Immunization record?
A: The Immunization record is sufficient along with lab reports when applicable. If your physician's office completes, signs and stamps the Immunization record, you must:
1) Upload your official Immunization record AND
2) Fill out applicable immunization date fields on MySCU Portal (https://www.scu.edu/apps/login/).Click on the Cowell Center/My Student Health Portal. Your documentation will not be reviewed unless the date fields are filled out.

Deadlines

Immunization records should be uploaded into your file in the Cowell Center | My Student Health Portal through the MySCU Portal according to the schedule below: 

The deadline to complete all COVID vaccination requirements including an Immunization Exemption Request for ALL students is Wednesday, September 1, 2021.  

The deadline to complete all other immunization requirements for new incoming first year students during the 2021/2022 academic year are shown below. 

Fall incoming students - Friday, October 8, 2021

Winter incoming students - Friday, January 21, 2022

Spring incoming students - Friday, April 22, 2022