Immunization Exceptions

All students are highly encouraged to get the MMR, Hepatitis B, and Meningitis vaccines. However, if absolutely necessary, the following exceptions 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 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 complete the appropriate waiver section(s) of the Mandatory Immunization Health History Form 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 complete the Exceptions/Waivers section of the Mandatory Immunization Health History Form and sign it and submit it as specified on the Immunization Documentation Procedure page. 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 page.

Hepatitis B and Meningococcal Meningitis

Hepatitis B Vaccine – Students wishing to decline this vaccine must read the CDC's Hepatitis B Vaccine Information Statement, then check and sign where indicated on the Mandatory Immunization Health History Form. Signing the waiver indicates you understand the possible risk in not receiving this vaccine. If you are under the age of 18 and wish to decline this vaccine, a parent or guardian must sign for you.

Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine – Students wishing to decline this vaccine must read the CDC's Meningococcal Vaccine Information Statement, then check and sign where indicated on the Mandatory Immunization Health History Form. Signing the waiver indicates you understand the possible risk in not receiving this vaccine. If you are under 18 and wish to decline this vaccine, a parent or guardian must sign for you.


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