FFAA(LEGAL) - WELLNESS AND HEALTH SERVICES: IMMUNIZATIONS

Generally

Education Code 51.933; 25 TAC 97.64(a), (d)

Exceptions

Medical Reasons

Reasons of Conscience

Education Code 51.933(d)–(e); Health and Safety Code 161.0041; 25 TAC 97.62(2)

Military Duty

Provisional Enrollment

Failure to Properly Document Immunization

Immunity

Acceptable Documents of Immunization

25 TAC 97.67–.68

Required Immunizations of Certain Students

Students in Health-Related Courses

Tetanus-Diphtheria

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccines

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Varicella Vaccine

Veterinary Students

Rabies Vaccine

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Tetanus-Diphtheria Vaccine

Additional Requirements

Bacterial Meningitis

  1. New student—a first-time student of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education, including a student who transfers to the institution from another institution of higher education. A student who was previously exempt under 19 Administrative Code 21.614(a)(2)–(5) will be treated as a new student, should the exception no longer apply.
  2. Returning student—a student who previously attended an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education before January 1, 2012, and who is enrolling in the same or another institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester.

Education Code 51.9192(b); 19 TAC 21.612(1)

Definitions

"Health Practitioner"

"Online and Other Distance Education Course"

Evidence of Vaccination

  1. The student is 22 years of age or older by the first day of the start of the semester;
  2. The student is enrolled only in online or other distance education courses;
  3. The student is enrolled in a continuing education course or a program that is less than 360 contact hours or continuing education corporate training;
  4. The student is enrolled in a dual credit course that is taught at a public or private kindergarten–grade 12 facility not located on a higher education institution campus; or
  5. The student is incarcerated in a Texas prison.

Education Code 51.9192(b)–(c); 19 TAC 21.613(a), .614(a)

Exception for Medical Reasons or Reasons of Conscience

  1. An affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student;
  2. An affidavit signed by the student stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A conscientious exemption form from the DSHS must be used for students attending a public university, health-related institution, or private or independent institution of higher education. The form must be submitted to the designated department or unit no later than the 90th day after the date the affidavit is notarized; or
  3. Evidence of submitting a conscientious objection form through a secure, Internet-based process developed and implemented by the DSHS. The Internet form may be used by entering students attending a public junior college. Public junior colleges may use the Internet-based process as the exclusive method to apply for an exemption from the vaccination requirement for reasons of conscience.

Education Code 51.9192(d)-(d-2), (d-4); 19 TAC 21.614(b)–(c)

Notification at Registration

Designation of Official

Presentation of Evidence

  1. The signature or stamp of a physician or the physician's designee or public health personnel on a form that shows the month, day, and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered;
  2. An official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority; or
  3. An official record received from school officials, including a record from another state.

19 TAC 21.613(c)

Extension

Tarrant County College

FFAA(LEGAL)-LJC

UPDATE 34

DATE ISSUED: 5/1/2018