You must have your proof of immunization form completed before you start college. Every college requires this. Official proof of two required MMR’s may be just an Internet search for your last school phone number and a quick call to their health office. Don’t wait until the last minute! Schools might not have your records. If you don’t have this on file within 30 days you’ll be excluded from college. Call us for help if needed.
Special Note: We anticipate, prior to the start of Fall Semester, 2021, that New York State will require all SUNY students attending in-person classes to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (in addition to the other required vaccinations). We will update this space as we obtain more information. Read the Governor's full press release here. (Updated May 12, 2021)
Jefferson Community College intends to fully uphold and enforce the provisions of Public Health Law, Article 21, Title VI, Section 2165 regarding immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella and Public Health Law Section 2167 regarding meningococcal meningitis disease.
New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires all students attending New York State Colleges and Universities registered for six (6) credit hours or more to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella within 14 days of the start of classes. Persons born before January 1, 1957 are exempt from the requirement. Attendance at a post-secondary institution means the physical presence of the student at the institution and begins on the first scheduled day of classes for a student each semester.
- No student will be permitted to attend Jefferson Community College after thirty days from the first day of classes unless one of the following documents has been submitted:
- A certificate of immunization or positive serology test.
- Proof that shows the student is in the process of completing the requirements.
- A medical exemption from a licensed health care provider, certifying in writing that one or more of the required immunizations may be detrimental to the student’s health or is otherwise medically contraindicated.
- A written and signed Religious Waiver from the student or in the event that the student is less than 18 years old, from their parent or guardian, that they hold sincere and genuine religious beliefs which prohibit immunizations of the student. The college may require supporting documents.
- Proof of immunization and/or compliance will be determined by the College Nurse and reported to the appropriate offices responsible for registration. Follow-up of students in the process of receiving immunization will be done by the College Nurse. Student immunization records will be maintained in a confidential manner in the Health Office and access will be limited to personnel whose job duties require information from these records.
- Jefferson Community College will report all cases of measles, mumps, and rubella to the NYS Department of Health according to provisions of the NYS Sanitary Code, 10 NYCRR 2.25 (Appendix J).
New York State PHL Section 2167 requires post-secondary institutions to distribute information about meningococcal disease and vaccination to the students, or parents or guardians of students under the age of 18. The institution is required to maintain a record of the following for each student:
- Certificate of Immunization for meningococcal meningitis disease; or
- A response to receipt of meningococcal meningitis disease and vaccine information signed by a student or the student’s parent or guardian; and, either
- Self reported or parent recall meningococcal meningitis immunization within the past ten years; or
- An acknowledgement of meningococcal disease and refusal of meningococcal meningitis immunization signed by the student or student’s parent or guardian.