Immunizations

Free On-Campus COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Clinics: Wegmans will be on campus to provide the COVID-19 booster vaccine to students, staff, and faculty. You must register for an appointment.

In order to attend classes and to ensure a healthy student community, New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167 and RIT mandate certain immunizations.

All incoming students must:

  • Provide valid proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with an RIT approved vaccine

All incoming students born on or after January 1, 1957, and enrolled in six or more credit hours must:

  • Provide valid proof of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella (in English)

  • Read and sign the meningococcal receipt of information section of the immunization form in the RIT Wellness Portal

  • Provide valid proof of meningococcal tetravalent vaccination (MCV-ACYW) on or after the student’s 16th birthday

New York State Law mandates that students will be dis-enrolled from classes if this information is not submitted within the allotted time.

Detailed Immunization Requirements

RIT students enrolled in the Spring 2022 academic semester must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before January 9, 2022. 

 

Required for:

  • All students enrolled for the 2022 academic semester. This applies to all students, including those enrolled in fully remote online degree programs, students on co-op and individuals participating in online-only continuing education programs.


Acceptable Vaccines: 

Acceptable vaccines include those approved for use in the U.S., accepted by the US Food and Drug Administration, or on the World Health Organization Emergency Use List (EUL)

 

Additional Information:

  • Log into the RIT Wellness Portal to complete the COVID-19 Vaccine form and upload a photo or scanned copy of your vaccination card or receipt with your name, date of birth, name of vaccine, and the date(s) of the shots.

 

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Action Items:

  • Provide proof of 2 valid MMR vaccines (measles, mumps and rubella) given after first birthday
  • If MMR record is not available, blood titers for each disease may be submitted

Required for:

  • All students born on or after January 1, 1957, and enrolled in 6 or more credit hours

Additional Information:

  • Due before the start of classes
  • First vaccine must be given after first birthday
  • Must be in English

Dates verified by health care provider or school official

Action Items:

  • Read and sign the meningitis section of the Immunization form confirming that you have received information regarding meningitis vaccine.

Required for:

  • All students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours

Additional Information:

Due before the start of classes

Action Items:

  • Required: Provide proof of meningococcal tetravalent vaccination (MCV - ACYW) (Menactra and Menveo accepted) on or after age 16.

Required for:

  • All students age 21 or younger and enrolled in 6 or more credit hours

Additional Information:

  • Due before the start of classes
  • Requires verification of date by health or school official
  • The Meningitis B Vaccine (also known as Trumenba and Bexsero) is recommended. Proof of vaccination is not required, as it does not vaccinate against serogroups A, C, Y, W.

Required Immunization Due Dates

Semester Due Date
Fall Required forms due July 1*
Spring Required forms due December 1
Summer Required forms due April 1

Required forms must be submitted on the RIT Wellness Portal.

*Full COVID-19 vaccination for students enrolled in the Spring 2022 academic semester – January, 9, 2022.

Additional Immunizations (Highly Recommended)

Action Item:

  • Receive one dose annually

Recommended for:

  • All students, especially those with a chronic illness or a condition/medication that affects the immune system

Additional Information:

  • Typically available seasonally in the Student Health Center for a fee

  • Available on campus through partnership with Wegmans Pharmacy if you bring your insurance card

Action Items:

  • Complete the series of three vaccines               

Required for:

  • Athletes, however it is recommended for all students

Additional Information:

  • Must be in English
  • Requires verification of dates by health or school official

Action Items:

  • Must have received booster within last 10 years
  • Tdap vaccination is recommended for the booster to provide protection against pertussis

Recommended for:

  • All students

Additional Information:

  • Must be in English
  • Requires verification of dates by health or school official

Action Items:

  • Complete the series of valid doses over six months

Recommended for:

  • Women and men ages 9-26

Additional Information:

  • Protects against 9 types of HPV - the virus that causes genital warts and cervical cancer.

Action Items:

  • Receive one valid dose

Recommended for:

  • Students with cochlear implants
  • Some students with heart disease or weakened immune system

Action Item:

  • Receive two valid doses 4-8 weeks apart             

Recommended for:

  • Students who have not had chicken pox.

Immunization Exemption Requirements

Medical Exemption

If you are seeking medical exemption from immunizations, sufficient documentation must be submitted by your medical provider (MD, DO), including reason for contraindication and end date (if applicable) and any additional documentation. Please have your medical provider write a letter or chart note on letterhead with contact information, detailing the type of medical exemption (i.e. a single vaccine or all vaccines) and the medical rationale.

If you are seeking a medical exemption for COVID-19, your documentation must include information about your specific contraindication to vaccination.

Upload proof from your medical provider by selecting Immunization Exemption (Medical) in the Document Upload section on the RIT Wellness Portal or fax your letter/documentation to the Student Health Center at 585-475-7788. 

Religious Exemption

If you are seeking a religious exemption to immunizations, you must complete the Request for Religious Exemption Form. Religious exemption requests must be notarized and require specific detail regarding both the sincerity of your religious beliefs and the tenets that prohibit vaccination. Once completed, please submit your request by selecting Immunization Exemption (Religious) in the Document Upload section on the RIT Wellness Portal or fax your letter/documentation to the Student Health Center at 585-475-7788. 

View a list of notaries at RIT
Request for Religious Exemption Form

RIT Employees and Family Members

If you are an RIT employee or family member of an RIT employee and take 6 or more credit hours at RIT, you are considered a student under the NYS Public Health Law 2165/2167. Therefore, employees and family members must comply with established NYS and RIT immunization requirements regardless of how long you have been associated with RIT.

Veterans

If you were honorably discharged within 10 years from the date of your application to RIT, you can submit your armed forces official vaccination records as proof of immunization. If there is a delay in obtaining your official vaccination records, the DD 214 Form (Separation of Service) will enable you to attend classes temporarily.

NOTE: DD 214 does not fulfill the immunization requirements. We must receive your vaccination records.

Online or Off-Campus Program/Major

All incoming students must provide valid proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with an RIT-approved vaccine, including students studying online or off-campus. 

If all courses are completely online or off-campus, you are not subjected to immunization compliance for MMR, meningococcal receipt of information, or meningococcal tetravalent vaccination (MCV-ACYW). If your program is online/off-campus, but you attend an on-campus orientation, on-campus course or other event, you are subjected to immunization compliance.