The Pennsylvania College and University Student Vaccination Act, signed into law in June 2002, requires students living in campus housing in the state of Pennsylvania to be immunized against meningococcal disease or to sign a waiver that they have received detailed information on the risks associated with meningococcal disease and the availability and the effectiveness of vaccine and that they choose not to be vaccinated.
In accordance with this act the University of Pennsylvania has implemented the following requirements:
These requirements apply to all students living on campus, including students enrolled in campus-based residential summer programs. All students who will be living in campus housing and who are age 21 or younger must submit proof of 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine that covers serogroups A, C, Y, and W-135 since age 16. Students are exempt from this requirement only if there is a medical contraindication to vaccination or if religious beliefs prohibit immunization. Requests for exemption must be accompanied by a signed waiver.
Students living on campus who are over age 21 may either submit proof of vaccination since age 16 or submit the Meningococcal Immunization Waiver in accordance with the College and University Student Vaccination Act. Due to the short time frame of summer-only residential programs, students enrolled in these programs must be in compliance prior to arrival on campus.
Undergraduate and graduate/profressional students who are not in compliance after arrival may obtain this immunization at the Student Health Service, immunization appointments at SHS may be scheduled by calling 215 746 3535, menu option 4, or online at the SHS Student Portal. Students will be responsible for any costs associated with vaccines received at SHS (costs will be directly billed to Penn Student Insurance Plan for any students who have that insurance coverage). Students may elect to obtain this immunization from a private health care provider. Written proof of a valid immunization appointment must be submitted to SHS to avoid registration penalties.
Incoming undergraduate students and summer program students may request a medical or religious exemption. Requests must include a signed statement from an allopathic or osteopathic physician indicating why this vaccine is medically contraindicated. Requests for religious exemption must include a detailed written statement of personal religious beliefs or a letter from clergy. All requests must include a signed Meningococcal Immunization Waiver.
Returning undergraduate students and graduate/professional students also may fill out the signed Meningococcal Immunization Waiver.