Immunization Record

New Jersey State law requires that all full-time community college students provide proof of the following immunizations (immunization certificates required):

  • 2 doses of the measles vaccine
  • 1 dose of the mumps vaccine
  • 1 dose of the rubella vaccine
  • 3 doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine
  • 2 doses of the Meningococcal vaccine (new for Fall 2020 incoming students)

Students born prior to 1957 are exempt from the measles, mumps, and rubella requirements only and need to present proof of age (i.e., copy of driver’s license or birth certificate).

Hepatitis B Vaccine

New Jersey State law also requires that all new, full-time, degree-seeking students enrolling at a public or private institution of higher education in this state shall be vaccinated for Hepatitis B (Three [3] doses). This includes students born prior to 1957.

Meningococcal Vaccine

As of June 15, 2020, New Jersey State law now requires that all full-time, degree-seeking students enrolling at a community college of higher education in this state shall be vaccinated for Meningitis (Two [2] doses). This includes students born prior to 1957.

Meningococcal educational materials - The student information flyer, is available in English and Spanish at the following links, respectively: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/meningo/are_you_protecte d.pdf and https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/meningo/are_you_protecte d_spanish.pdf

Exemptions

  • Religious Exemption (J.S.A. 26:1A–9.1 and N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.4): Students whose religious principles prohibit injections may request a religious exemption. An essay of explanation is required.
  • Medical Exemption (J.A.C. 8:57–4.3): Students may request a medical exemption if the vaccine is medically contraindicated; a statement by a licensed physician is required. Please refer to the form created by the State of New Jersey for medical professionals to complete for a medical exemption: https://www.nj.gov/health/forms/imm-53.pdf
  • Philosophical and moral objections are not accepted by the State of New Jersey.

In the event of an outbreak: N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.19 Emergency powers of the Commissioner of Health –

(a) In the event that the Commissioner, Department of Health or his or her designee determines either that an outbreak or threatened outbreak of disease or other public health immunization emergency exists, the Commissioner or his or her designee may issue either additional immunization requirements to control the outbreak or threat of an outbreak or modify immunization requirements to meet the emergency.

(b) All children failing to meet these additional requirements shall be excluded from a school, preschool, or child care center until the outbreak or threatened outbreak is over.

(c) These requirements or amendments to the requirements shall remain in effect until such time as the Commissioner, Department of Health or his or her designee determines that an outbreak or a threatened outbreak no longer exists or the emergency is declared over, or for three months after the declaration of the emergency, whichever one comes first. The Commissioner, Department of Health, or his or her designee may re-declare a state of emergency if the emergency has not ended.

(d) N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.4 Religious exemptions - Those children with religious exemptions from receiving immunizing agents may be excluded from the school, preschool, or child care center during a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or threatened outbreak as determined by the Commissioner, Department of Health or his or her designee.

(e) N.J.A.C. 8:57-4.3 Medical exemptions - Those children with medical exemptions to receiving specific immunizations may be excluded from the school, preschool, or child care facility during a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or threatened outbreak as determined by the Commissioner, Health or his or her designee.

(f) N.J.A.C. 8:47-4.5 Provisional admission - Those children in provisional status may be temporarily excluded from the school, preschool, or child care center during a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak or threatened outbreak as determined by the Commissioner, Department of Health or his or her designee.

The New Jersey Department of Health has created a Frequently Asked Questions pdf, and the questions relating to Higher Education begin on page 38. https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/imm_requirements/vaccine_qa.pdf

Full-time, matriculated students who have not fulfilled all vaccination requirements may be barred from full-time registration after their first semester.

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@sussex.edu.