IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT: POLICY AND PROCESS

Stevens requires all on-campus students to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases (e.g., mumps, measles, etc.) before coming to Stevens.  All new students must submit a completed Student Health and Immunization Record thirty (30) days before the first day of class (submit by August 1, 2021); returning students do not need to submit an additional record after their first year. 

 In addition, and for the COVID-19 vaccination only, both new and returning students coming to campus for the fall 2021 semester must obtain vaccination against COVID-19.  Students who have received both the first and second doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, or Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine must submit evidence of the vaccination (a vaccination card), including the vaccination date(s) and vaccine name, through Workday Student. For instructions on how to submit your documents, please click on this link.  All students must submit their COVID-19 vaccination documentation through Workday Student by August 16, 2021 unless they have been approved for an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine by Student Health Services.  New students must submit this information through Workday Student in addition to completing the Student Health and Immunization Record.

If applicable, students may request an exemption from one or more immunizations based on the categories detailed below.  There are two categories of exemption for all types of vaccinations:

1.      Medical. A statement from a Physician or Nurse Practitioner is required indicating for which immunizations exemption is requested.  The statement must include a diagnosis. If the student is pregnant, the statement must include the due date (this exemption is reviewed to determine continuation of exemption).  Students approved for a medical exemption may be required to submit a physician statement annually which will be subject to review and approval each year.

2.      Religious.  A signed statement explaining how the administration of the immunization(s) for which exemption is requested conflicts with bona fide religious tenets/beliefs must be submitted to Student Health Services. Exemptions are not given for philosophical or moral objections to immunization. If a student is under the age of 18 (minor), then a parent/guardian must also sign the statement.

Additional categories of exemption specific to the type of vaccination include:

1.      Immune Status. Serologic evidence of immunity (titer testing) is only accepted as proof of immunity when no vaccination documentation can be provided, or when prior history is questionable. Serologic evidence is only applicable for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, Hepatitis B, and Varicella (chickenpox) antibody titers (blood test).  Serologic evidence is not applicable for COVID-19 antibodies. Students are required to submit a copy of laboratory results showing that they are immune to a particular disease listed above. Only positive or immune titer values are accepted; equivocal results are NOT accepted.

2.      Age. Students born prior to January 1, 1957 are exempt from the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination. 

Procedures for Submitting an Exemption Request

Please follow the following instructions for submitting an exemption request:

·        For the COVID-19 vaccine, an exemption request must be submitted on this form, together with supporting documentation, and submitted to StudentHealthService[email protected] by June 18, 2021.

·        For the vaccine-preventable diseases referred to above, except for the COVID-19 vaccine, an exemption request must be included when you submit the Student Health and Immunization Form, together with supporting documentation, and submitted to [email protected] by August 1, 2021

Any student who requests an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine by the June 18, 2021 deadline will be informed of the decision as to their application via Stevens’ email by July 2, 2021. Exemptions to other vaccine requirements will be processed promptly following receipt. 

Students with exemptions from the vaccine requirement may be subject to reasonable measures and restrictions to promote the health and safety of the Stevens community.  At this time, unvaccinated students with approved exemptions from Student Health Services will be permitted to participate in all activities on campus, in classes and in Stevens-owned or leased properties.  Depending upon the prevalence of the COVID-19 virus when the Fall semester starts, requirements such as regular COVID-19 testing or other measures recommended by the CDC or other health department guidance, may be imposed to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

In the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease, including COVID-19, Stevens reserves the right to remove students from class or extracurricular activities until the outbreak threat ends. This decision is made in conjunction with local Hoboken Health Department officials and the New Jersey Department of Health.

Stevens will keep individuals’ vaccination information confidential, with vaccination information shared only with pertinent University administrators when deemed necessary for health and safety purposes, to ensure compliance with University policy and to make arrangements relating to a student’s course of study or other programs.