Immunization Requirements

COVID-19 vaccination is required for all students.

Students who fail to meet applicable deadlines will be prohibited from accessing university facilities and participating in university activities and programs. Students will be administratively withdrawn from their courses and will not be permitted to register for classes. Students who have been assigned to Residential Life Housing will have their housing contract terminated July 30, 2021. 

All Danforth Students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they arrive on campus for the start of their fall academic term or August 30, whichever comes first.

In order to be fully vaccinated by August 30, you must receive your final dose of vaccine no later than August 16. Note that two-dose vaccines generally have 21 (for Pfizer) or 28 (for Moderna) days between the two doses which means you must begin the vaccination series no later than July 26 or July 19, respectively.

Students who are fully vaccinated are asked to upload their verification documentation by Thursday, July 15, 2021 in order to allow us enough time to prepare for any vaccination clinics that may be needed at the start of the semester.

The deadline for uploading an exemption request form through the student portal is Thursday, July 15, 2021.

We are following  CDC or WHO guidance and accept vaccination with either an FDA or WHO EUA or fully approved vaccine. As of June 1, the following vaccines currently meet this requirement:

  • Moderna-2 doses
  • Pfizer-2 doses
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-1 dose
  • AstraZeneca (AZD1222) (ChAdOx1-S)-2 doses
    • SKBio /Republic of Korea)
    • Serum Institute of India (COVIDSHIELD)
    • AB/Sweden (VAXZEVRIA)
  • Vero Cell (inactivated) made by Sinopharm,  Beijing (BIBP)-2 doses
  • Vero Cell (inactivated) made by Sinovac Life Sciences Co, Ltd.-2 doses
  • Additional vaccinations may be approved as more information about vaccines and virus variants becomes available. . This list will be updated accordingly.
  • For international students who cannot get vaccinated prior to arrival with an approved vaccine, please contact us at Habif Health and Wellness Center or 314-935-4959.

An influenza vaccine is required for all students. This must be received AFTER August 1 and BEFORE November 1.

Additional Vaccines and Tests

All incoming students must provide proof of immunization for the following:

  • Two vaccines each for measles, mumps and rubella after the age of one year old. A blood test to check for immunity (titers) may be provided in lieu of the immunizations. This can be performed at Habif Health and Wellness Center. The student health plan covers MMR titers but those using a different health plan should check for coverage with their health plan provider.
  • Meningococcal vaccine (Menactra, Menveo, MenQuadfi, MCV4, MenACWY, MPSV4) is mandatory for all incoming students. This vaccine must be given after the 16th birthday to give students coverage throughout their four years here. If it has been given before the 16th birthday, another dose, after the age of 16, is required.
  •  One tuberculosis test (PPD skin test or blood test such as T-spot or Quantiferon gold) in the past six months for students at high risk of tuberculosis. These tests can be performed at Habif Health and Wellness Center, but ideally should be done six months or less before coming to school. The student health plan covers tuberculosis blood tests but those using a different health plan should check for coverage with their health plan provider. High risk for tuberculosis includes: born in a high-prevalence country; travel for more than two months to a high-prevalence country; contact with active tuberculosis; HIV positive; suppressed immune system from illness or medication (e.g., organ transplant, prednisone treatment); medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer or kidney failure; body weight 10% or more below ideal body weight; work in prison, nursing home, homeless shelter or hospital; work in lab with mycobacteria; history of abnormal chest X-ray.

It is also suggested that students provide proof of immunization for the following, although these are not required to achieve mandatory immunization compliance:

  • Tetanus diphtheria acellular pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the past 10 years
  • Hepatitis A and/or B vaccine
  • Varicella vaccine (2 doses)
  • Meningitis B
  • HPV vaccine for those age 9-26
  • Routine childhood immunizations including polio

Evidence of required immunizations in the form of official medical documentation that includes the student’s name and date of birth must be uploaded to the Student PortalOnce on the portal click “immunization upload” and follow prompts. These records must be uploaded in English (originally) or translated by a licensed professional translation service. JR Translation Services is one option for medical translation, but students are welcome to use any licensed service. The name and manufacturer of the vaccine must be included in the translation. The student health portal is currently undergoing a system upgrade. Students can continue to upload documentation for review and verification, but will not be able to confirm compliance status until after July 1, 2021. 

Immunizations including HPV, tetanus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningitis, influenza, measles, mumps and rubella are offered at Habif. Please book a nursing immunization visit online through the patient portal.

Immunizations are given only by appointment. Appointments are available: Monday through Friday: 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

MMR titers and tuberculosis blood tests are also offered at Habif. Please call to request an order for these tests which can be performed at the lab located at Habif at your convenience.

To print a copy of your immunizations on record with Habif, click the ‘Immunizations’  link in the Student Portal.

If you think you have already completed this form, please click Portal Forms (PDF) for instructions on how to verify if your is form is complete.

Incoming students – Health history information

In addition to immunization documentation, incoming students must also complete their health history information via the Student Portal prior to moving onto campus. Login to the student portal and click “forms” to access the health history form.