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Policies and Procedures Manual
Walters State Community College
   
 
  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
Policies and Procedures Manual

04:21:00 Vaccinations


Revision Responsibility: Vice President for Student Affairs
Responsible Executive Officer: Vice President for Student Affairs

Purpose

To document Walters State’s vaccination requirements for current and prospective students.


Policy

I. General

In accordance with the Tennessee Department of Health rule (1200-14-01.29), unless exempted by law*, all new full-time enrollees (minimum of 12 credit hours) who are not full-time distance learning students (taking 100% of courses online) must provide proof of adequate immunization information. Students may contact Student Enrollment Services for specific immunization requirements and allowable proof of vaccinations or immunity. Note: Students may be enrolled or registered after a single dose of all required vaccines provided that the second dose is obtained within 2 months of registration, and at least 28 days after the first dose, and provided, further, that the institution has a procedure for identifying students who have failed to obtain the necessary immunizations and for taking appropriate action to ensure compliance.

II. Exemptions allowable by Law

An individual may be exempted from the requirements of this section only under the following circumstances:

  1. Where a physician licensed by the Board of Medical Examiners, the Board of Osteopathic Examiners or a Health Department determines that a particular vaccine is contraindicated for one of the following reasons:
     
    1. The individual meets the criteria for contraindication set forth in the manufacturer’s vaccine package insert; or
       
    2. The individual meets the criteria for contraindication published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control or the ACIP;
       
    3. In the best professional judgment of the physician, based upon the individual’s medical condition and history, the risk of harm from the vaccine outweighs the potential benefit.
       

An individual who has been exempted from a particular vaccination must comply with immunization requirements for any vaccines from which he/she has not been exempted.

Where a parent or guardian, or in the case of an adult student, the student, provides to the school a written statement, affirmed under penalties of perjury, that vaccination conflicts with the religious tenets and practices of the parent or guardian, or in the case of an adult student, the student. Where a parent or guardian, or in the case of an adult student, the student, provides to the school a written statement, affirmed under penalties of perjury, that vaccination conflicts with the religious tenets and practices of the parent or guardian, or in the case of an adult student, the student. 07/11; 05/16