Immunizations

RIT is partnering with Wegmans for three on-campus flu vaccine clinics for RIT students on Sept. 30, Oct. 6, and Nov. 3. If your insurance is not accepted by Wegmans, you can get the vaccine at the Student Health Center for $20. 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 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 must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to coming to the Henrietta campus for Fall 2021. It is expected that all students make every effort to complete a COVID-19 vaccine series and provide proof of full vaccination by August 1, 2021.

Required for:

  • All students enrolled for the 2021-22 academic year who plan to circulate on campus for any reason are expected to be fully vaccinated (two weeks following your final dose) prior to your return. This applies to all students who live either on or off the main Henrietta campus.

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:

  • Due before Aug. 1, 2021
  • 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.

 

A sign language interpreted translation of vaccination information for new and returning students is available

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.

*COVID-19 vaccination required proof due before Aug. 1

Additional Immunizations (Highly Recommended)

Action Item:

  • Receive one dose annually

Required 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

More information on the Flu Vaccine Requirement

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

COVID-19 Exemptions: Students who are not fully vaccinated at the time of their arrival are expected to have a COVID-19 test prior to or upon arrival on the RIT campus and will be required to participate in weekly testing starting the first week of classes. Learn more about Student Testing 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.

Upload proof from your medical provider via 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. RIT requires this form to be notarized. 

Request for Religious Exemption Form

Philosophical Exemption for COVID-19 Vaccine Only

The only vaccine eligible for philosophical exemption by RIT is the COVID-19 vaccine. However, if New York State mandates the COVID-19 vaccine, philosophical exemptions will not be allowed.

If you are seeking a philosophical exemption to RIT’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, you must complete the Request for Philosophical Exemption Form. RIT requires this form to be notarized.

Request for Philosophical 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

If all courses are completely online or off-campus, you are not subjected to immunization compliance. 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.