In compliance with a requirement issued by the UT Board of Trustees, all students, faculty and staff must receive flu vaccine this year. Exceptions to the requirement are permitted for those with medical and/or religious exemptions for receiving the vaccine.
How Students Comply with the Vaccine Requirement
The flu vaccine is available now, and students must receive and verify immunization by the deadline of Dec. 14, 2020. A student who does not satisfy the requirement by the Dec. 14 deadline could receive an immunization hold on his or her account.
Verifying Your Immunization
Follow the instructions to submit your flu vaccine immunization date AND documentation within your Medicat Patient Portal. Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Acceptable Flu Vaccine Documentation
Proof of receipt of the flu vaccine must include:
- Student’s Full Legal Name
- Student’s Date of Birth
- Proof of Immunization Given
- Date Student Received Vaccine
- Healthcare Provider Name and/or Office Giving the Vaccination along with Facility Contact Information
Flu vaccinations are available at county health departments, any health care provider and many pharmacies. UTC will provide several on-campus flu vaccine opportunities for students, faculty and staff in October.
Consistent with state law, the UT System has required certain vaccinations for incoming students for years. As with those, exemptions from required vaccinations can be made for medical, religious or other reasons.
Students should submit exemption documentation through the process outlined in the University Health Center’s information about immunization requirements.
Protect Yourself and Your Community
The U.S. CDC reports that flu vaccine is more important than ever in the 2020–2021 flu season because of the potential for the flu and COVID-19 to spread at the same time. Flu vaccinations protect individuals, prevent additional stress on health care resources and decrease chances of a flu outbreak masking a COVID-19 outbreak.
All members of the campus community must have a flu shot unless they qualify for an exemption.