Immunization Exceptions and Waivers

All students are highly encouraged to receive the required MMR, Hepatitis B, and Meningococcal Meningitis vaccines for protection against these potentially life-threatening diseases. However, if absolutely necessary, the following MMR exceptions and Hepatitis B & Meningococcal waivers to the UWF Immunization Policy are in effect.


Photo of the MMR vaccine

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

Students may apply for an exception to the immunization requirement for MMR if they meet one of the following five (5) criteria and submit the appropriate documentation.

Age Basis: If you were born on or before December 31, 1956 you are considered to have had a natural immunity, and therefore the MMR vaccine is not required.
Medical Basis:
 The student must provide a letter from a healthcare provider, signed on official medical office stationery and including the official stamp from the office, stating the medical reason(s) why the student is not able to receive the Measles/Mumps and/or Rubella vaccine(s), and indicating if this is a temporary or permanent condition.
Religious Basis: The student (or the student's parent/guardian if under 18 years old) must provide a signed letter stating that the student's religious beliefs do not permit him/her to receive vaccinations.
Active Duty Military: Active duty military personnel may request an exception to the MMR requirement if proof of immunization is unavailable at the time of registration. Proof of active duty military service is required.
Online Students: Students who are enrolled in online courses only and who will not be physically present in any UWF classroom or on any UWF campus may request an exception to the MMR requirement. Online-only students do not need to submit proof of immunizations or a physician's signature. Should such students seek to register for a face-to-face course, they must comply with the requirements as described on the UWF Immunization Policy page.


Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B Vaccine – Students wishing to decline this vaccine must read the CDC's Hepatitis B Vaccine Information Statement, select "Hepatitis B Waiver" and "Decline Vaccine" on the online immunization form indicating they have read the information and still wish to decline the vaccine, and electronically sign the form. Selecting "Decline Vaccine" and signing the form indicate the student understands the possible risk in not receiving the vaccine, including the potential fatal nature of this disease. If the student is under the age of 18 and wishes to decline the Hepatitis B vaccine, a parent or guardian must provide their signature in addition to the student's signature in order for the waiver to be valid.


Meningococcal Meningitis

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine – Students wishing to decline this vaccine must read the CDC's Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine Information Statement, select "Meningitis Waiver" and "Decline Vaccine" on the immunization form indicating they have read the information and still wish to decline the vaccine, and electronically sign the form. Selecting "Decline Vaccine" and signing the form indicate the student understands the possible risk in not receiving the vaccine, including the potential fatal nature of this disease. If the student is under the age of 18 and wishes to decline the Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine, a parent or guardian must provide their signature in addition to the student's signature in order for the waiver to be valid.

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