Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and in response to recommendations from the CDC and public health agency guidance, University of the Pacific is requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for the 2021/2022 academic year. More information can be found here on our COVID-19 Update site.

University Immunization Policy

Policy Title Immunization Policy
Policy Category* Safety and Security
Policy Owner Student Life
Initial Policy Approved 2/8/2019
Current Revision Approved 2/8/2019
Scheduled Revision Date Annual Review and Vaccination, Screening Requirements, and Recommendations are adopted from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Immunization & Screening Recommendations for college students. Any revisions of the CDPH recommendations for colleges and universities as of February 1, each year will be reflected in University of the Pacific requirements the subsequent fall academic term.
Last Updated 02/01/2019
Policy Scope University-Wide, all three campuses
Related Policies Immunization medical exemption policy
Related Forms University Immunization Medical Exemption Form

Purpose/Background

This Policy mitigates the risk of our students contracting vaccine-preventable illnesses that could be acquired at any of our three University campuses. To this end, the University has implemented a collaborative plan that will ultimately require incoming undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to provide proof of vaccination and/or immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases, and undergo screening for tuberculosis.

Applicability

This policy requires all matriculating incoming undergraduate, graduate and professional students, studying on any of Pacific's three campuses to meet the immunization requirement by the first day of the first term at the University.

Responsibility

Contact Responsible Items
Student Health Services (SHS) Oversight of the development, implementation, and enforcement of this policy that includes placing and removing academic holds. SHS operates under the oversight of the Vice President of Student Life.
Office of Admissions for all three campuses Communicating the pre-enrollment immunization requirements to students as part of the student acceptance packets and admissions website.
Associate Dean of Students Reviews and resolves alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct and University Policies related to falsification of immunization records and student non-compliance.
Academic Deans and Program Directors/ Coordinators Disseminates immunization requirement communications to all new incoming students in their programs.

Definitions

Term Definition
Incoming Students All matriculating (degree seeking) incoming undergraduate and professional students, studying on any of Pacific's three campuses for a period of one academic quarter/semester or longer.
Health Profession Academic Programs Athletic Training, Audiology, Clinical Nutrition, Dental Hygiene, Dentistry, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Social Work
Distant Learning Programs Online educational programs (students are not physically present on campus)
In Progress Students have been in contact with student health services via medical portal, email, or in person and are in process of completing the requirement.

Policy Statement

Incoming students are required to obtain and submit proof of immunity from the following diseases and complete a Tuberculosis (TB) screening questionnaire via go.pacific.edu/myhealth prior to the first day of their first term at the University. 

Minimum Vaccination Requirements

 

Required Dosage Information  
Measles, Mumps and Rubella(MMR)
  • Two doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday; OR
  • Positive titer (laboratory evidence of immunity to disease)
  • Students born after 1956
Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Two doses with first dose on or after 1st birthday; OR
  • Positive titer (History if disease not acceptable)
  • All students born after 1979
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
  • One dose after age 10
Meningococcal conjugate(Serogroups A, C, Y, & W‐135)
  • One dose on or after age 16 for all students who are under 22 years of age.
Screening: Tuberculosis (TB)
 
  • All incoming non-health profession students must complete a TB screening risk questionnaire.
  • Students at higher risk for TB infection, as indicated by answering "yes" to any of the screening questions, should undergo either a Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) or blood testing (QFGT) for TB infection within 6 months prior to the first day of their first term at the University.
  • Students with a history of positive TST, Blood Test (QFGT) or disease must also provide a chest x-ray report that has been completed within 6 months prior to the first day of their first term at the University.
* Higher risk include travel to or living in South & Central America, Africa, Asia, EasternEurope, and the Middle East; prior positive TB test; or exposure to someone with active TB disease.

 

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap)

Note: Health Profession students are REQUIRED to complete ADDITIONAL immunization requirements and undergo Tuberculosis (TB) testing:  
Additional Vaccination Requirements  Required Dosage Information

Hepatitis B antibody (blood test)

  • Positive Hepatitis B surface antibody
  • Restart series for negative antibody result (submit documentation of previous vaccinations recieved)
  • Pharmacy/Physician Assistant Students: Quantitative Hepatitis B Surface Antibody results documenting a positive immunity
Influenza vaccine
  • Current Season/Annually
 
  • One documented dose after age 10
  • Tetanus booster every 10 years
  • Physician Assistant Students: Tdap within 3 years of matriculation
Tuberculosis Skin Testing (TST):
No history of positive TST or disease
  • 2-step TST screening within 3 months prior to matriculation or QFGT
History of positive TST, Blood Test or disease
  • Chest X-ray within 6 months prior to the first day of their first term at the University.
  • Documentation of previous BCG vaccination, Latent TB treatment or Active TB treatment, as applicable (Required for clinical rotation placements).
  • Student with a positive TST, Blood Test or history of disease will need to complete the tuberculosis symptom review annually.
Recommended Vaccinations  
Hepatitis A vaccine (Hep A) All students regardless of age
Human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) For men and women through age 26 years
Influenza vaccine (Flu) Annually: all students regardless of age
Meningococcal B (Meningitis B) Students ages 16 - 23 who elect vaccination after discussion with their healthcare provider.
Meningococcal conjugate (Meningitis) Students up to age 23
Pneumococcal vaccine For students with certain medical conditions (e.g. severe asthma, diabetes, chronic liver or kidney disease)
Polio virus vaccine (Polio) Regardless of age, if the series was not completed as a child
Vaccines for international travel Based on destination

Deadline

Students must meet requirements by first day of their term. Specific Health Profession Programs may have specified deadline dates to prepare student for clinical rotation fulfillment.

Sanctions for Violations of this Policy

Students that do not meet the requirement by the first day of their first term will have a registration hold placed on the first business day following the add/drop deadline of that term. Hold will be removed when student is compliant with the immunization policy. Falsification of medical records or answering the tuberculosis-screening questionnaire dishonestly will result in a student code of conduct investigation that may result in consequences up to expulsion. Health Profession students will be removed from clinicals if requirements are not met. 

Extensions

Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis (e.g. late admits, vaccines in progress, etc.) by Student Health Services in consultation with the student's respective academic program dean, coordinator, director, or designee.

The University of the Pacific allows for exemptions to immunization requirements based on medical conditions that are contraindications to vaccinations for the following vaccines: MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), Varicella (chickenpox), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) or Meningococcal conjugate (Serogroups A, C, Y, & W-135) for certain groups of students.

A list of established medical contraindications to vaccines can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for Guide to Contraindications.

  • Print a copy of the MEDICAL EXEMPTION request form (pdf) for each vaccine requesting a medical exemption. 
  • Ensure each form is signed by a licensed, treating medical provider (MD, DO, NP, or PA) and include the practice location address, telephone number, signing provider's license number, and state or country (if outside the U.S.) where the licensed medical provider practices.
  • Requests for exemption will be approved if the Medical Exemption Request Form requirements are met for each vaccine requested.

Violations

Requests for medical exemptions will be reviewed by the Director of Student Health Services (SHS). If the information supplied is insufficient, the exemption request may be denied. If the exemption is denied, the student must comply with the immunization requirements prior to the next academic term in order to register.

Influenza Vaccine

  • Documentation of Influenza vaccine for the current season. 
  • Influenza Vaccination Declination Form (pdf) - Submit declination form to the Medical Portal and to your program coordinators. 

Required Health & Immunization Requirements

(Audiology, Athletic Training, Clinical Nutrition, Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Speech Language Pathology, and Social Work)

Printable Health Requirement Checklist (pdf)

Login: go.pacific.edu/myhealth — located under the Medical Clearance Tab.

  • Complete Health History Questionnaire
  • Enter immunization dates and submit records/lab documentation
  • Acknowledgement of Patient Lab Service Policy
  • Acknowledgement of No Show Cancellation Policy & Fee Schedule
  • Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices
  • Acknowledgement of Telehealth Consent

Physical Examination

  • Physical Examination to be completed no greater than 3 months prior to matriculation

Physician Assistant Program: Annual Requirement

Hepatitis B Surface Antibody Titer (Blood Test)

  • Hepatitis B Surface Antibody titer results proving immunity (quantitative preferred; qualitative accepted).
  • For negative titer results, submit documentation of previous Hepatitis B vaccination(s) and demonstration series has been restarted.

Pharmacy/Physician Assistant Programs: Quantitative Hepatitis B Surface Antibody titer proving immunity as a numerical value (within 5 years).

Occupational Therapy Program: series of 3 doses only; Quantitative Hepatitis B Surface Antibody titer due prior to clinical experiences

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

  • Two documented doses OR Antibody titer proving immunity (quantitative preferred; qualitative accepted)

Pharmacy/Physician Assistant Programs: MMR antibody titer proving immunity (within 5 years)

Varicella Vaccine (Chickenpox) — Documentation of disease is not acceptable

  • Two documented doses OR antibody titer proving immunity (quantitative preferred; qualitative accepted)

Pharmacy/Physician Assistant Programs: Varicella Antibody titer test showing immunity (within 5 years)

Tdap Vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis) Td Vaccine (Tetanus, and diphtheria toxoids)

  • One documented dose of Tdap (after age 10)
  • Td booster every 10 years

Physician Assistant Program: One documented dose of Tdap within 3 years of matriculation

Influenza Vaccine (Annual Requirement due by Nov. 1)

  • Documentation of Influenza for current season
  • Influenza Declination Form – check with program coordinators if clinical site mandates vaccine and/or mask requirements. Submit declination form to medical portal and to program coordinators.

Dentistry Program: clinics TBA in October

Tuberculosis Testing Initial Requirement

  • No history of positive PPD test or disease:
    • 2 step PPD screening or QFGT blood test within 3 months of matriculation
  • History of positive PPD or disease:
    • Chest X-ray within 6 months of matriculation.
    • Documentation of previous BCG vaccination, latent TB or active TB treatment
  • Annual Requirement:
    • No history of positive PPD or disease: 1 step PPD
      Pharmacy Program: 2 step PPD/QFGT
      Physical Therapy Program: 2 Step PPD or QFGT must to be completed between Aug. 15-Sept. 30
    • History of positive PPD: complete Tuberculosis review form (additional requirements if medically indicated)

Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine

  • One documented dose administered at 16 years of age for students under 22 years of age at entrance

Login: go.pacific.edu/myhealth — located under the Medical Clearance Tab

  • Complete Health History Questionnaire
  • Enter immunization dates and submit immunization/lab documentation
  • Acknowledgement of Patient Lab Service Policy
  • Acknowledgement of No Show Cancellation Policy & Fee Schedule
  • Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices
  • Physical Exam (pdf) strongly recommended but not required
  • Complete Tuberculosis (TB) Screening
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Series
    • Two documented doses OR antibody titer showing immunity 
  • Varicella Vaccine (Chickenpox) Series
    • Two documented doses OR antibody titer showing immunity 
    • Documentation of Varicella disease is not acceptable
  • Tdap Vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis)
    • One documented dose of Tdap after age 10
  • Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire
    • Students at higher risk for TB infections, as indicated by answering "Yes" to any of the screening questions is required to undergo a PPD skin test, blood test (QFGT), or chest x-ray within 6 months prior to start of matriculation.
    • Provide documentation of previous BCG vaccination, latent TB or active TB treatment
  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine
    • One documented dose given on or after 16 for all students who are under 22 years of age.

 

For more information about student health insurance and waiver requirements, visit our health insurance page. Current students can visit our insurance office page.