Immunization Exceptions and Waivers

Effective Fall 2015, the Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine will be required for all students living in residence halls on any UWF campus. 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 four (4) criteria and submit the appropriate documentation.

  1. 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 vaccine(s), and indicating if this is a temporary or permanent condition.
  2. 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.
  3. Active Duty Military: Active duty military personnel may request an exception to the MMR requirement if documentation of immunization is unavailable at the time of registration. To qualify for this exception, the individual must submit a signed supervisor's statement attesting to their current active duty military status.
  4. 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 Immunization Policy & Form page.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B Vaccine – Students wishing to decline this vaccine must read the CDC's Hepatitis B Vaccine Information Statement, check the appropriate box on the immunization form indicating they have read the information and still wish to decline the vaccine, and sign the form. Checking the box and signing the form indicate the student understands the possible risk in not receiving the vaccine. 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 – Effective Fall 2015, all students who are living in residence halls on any UWF campus are required to provide documentation of receiving one dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), also known as Menactra or Menveo. Additionally, documentation of a booster dose of MCV4 is required if the first dose was administered before the age of 16 years. This vaccine is required for all students living on campus and cannot be waived. Students not living on campus wishing to decline this vaccine must read the CDC's Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine Information Statement, check the appropriate box on the immunization form indicating they have read the information and still wish to decline the vaccine, and sign the form. Checking the box and signing the form indicate the student understands the possible risk in not receiving the vaccine. 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.

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