No one likes getting vaccinations, but being at risk for Meningococcal Meningitis is even less fun. If you are 21 or younger, you’ll need to submit written proof that you’ve received either the vaccination or a booster dose within the last five years before registering for classes. It’s a state law! Many clinics, health care providers and your local pharmacy (CVS, Walgreens, HEB, etc) carry this vaccination.
Note: only the quadrivalent vaccine, which protects against 4 types of meningitis (MCV4, MPSV4), will be accepted. Meningitis B vaccines do not meet the requirement.
What documentation is needed to show “proof”?
Any of the following:
- A document bearing the signature or stamp of either a physician, the physician’s designee or the public health official that administered the vaccination that shows the month, day and year it was administered.
- A copy of an official immunization record issued by a licensed health care provided or the state or local health authority.
- A copy of an official record received directly from a Texas school official or a school official in another state.
All documentation must be in English and must indicate that the vaccine was administered to the individual. Please be sure that name, birthdate and doctor/clinic name are listed on each page of your documentation.
How can I submit this documentation?
Gather the required documentation including and as indicated on The Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine Requirement Form. To prevent delays in processing paperwork and removing holds, please submit the documentation two weeks before Orientation if attending in-person. To expedite documentation processing, please include your myUTSAID (abc123).
You can submit your immunization records to UTSA Student Health Services in person, by fax, by mail or by email
- Scan and Email: StudentHealthServices@utsa.edu
- Fax: (210) 458-4151
- Mail: UTSA Student Health Services, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249
For records sent from a school, Please instruct your school to send the records directly to UTSA Student Health Services by any of the above methods. Under the statute, school immunization records must be sent directly from the school to Student Health Services.
To verify that documents have been received by UTSA, Check your ASAP account to see if your hold has been removed. We will call or email you if any additional information is needed. If you have not received a phone call or an email message, and you still have the hold, please call (210) 458-4142.
If you need to receive immunization:
- Consult your Healthcare Provider
- Contact the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District at (210) 207-8790
- Contact the UTSA Student Health Services at (210) 458-4142
Can I be exempt?
You are automatically exempt if you are 22 years of age or older by the first day of classes.
Other ways to be exempt:
- You are only enrolled in online or other distance education courses.
- You are enrolled in only continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours.
- You are unable to take the vaccine because of medical reasons. Note, you must submit a letter of evidence in person or by mail from a health care provider to UTSA Student Health Services.
- You are declining the vaccine due to reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. In order to receive this exemption, you must use the official Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) affidavit form. The form must be completely filled out, signed, notarized and sent to Student Health Services within 90 days from the date it was notarized. Only the original form will be accepted.