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Immunization Requirements

Last Modified: Monday, November 14, 2022 11:27 am

COVID-19 Immunization Requirement

  1. Determine your immunization requirements listed below based on your status and figure out which applies to you.
    • All students (undergraduate, graduate, full-time, part-time) are required to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series (or a single dose series) as well as a booster. The requirement will apply to every student, undergraduate and graduate, commuter and residential, except (1) those who are enrolled in fully online degree programs that offer no on-campus instruction, activities, or services and (2) those who qualify under New Jersey law for medical or religious exemptions.
    • International students who were vaccinated outside of the U.S. with a WHO-approved vaccine are required to get a single booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least five (5) months after getting all required doses.
  2. Compare the requirements to what is documented in your immunization record.
    • Immunization records can be obtained from your pediatrician, high school, previous college or military.
    • You must have proof of receiving all of the required vaccinations or blood test titers which demonstrate immunity. There is no titer for the meningitis vaccination. Also, we do accept a titer as evidence for the COVID-19 vaccination.
  3. The official immunization record and/or a copy of blood titers and COVID-19 immunization record must be submitted electronically. View Immunization Submission Instructions. Paper copies are not accepted at the University Health Center.
  4. Students enrolled in Certificate and Montclair State University online-only programs do not need to submit standard immunization information. However, all students are required to submit COVID-19 series (or a single dose series) as well as a booster, unless they are enrolled in a Montclair State University exclusively online program. View “Students Exempt from Immunization Requirements” information below.
Read Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Effective Summer 2022 and Beyond

Details on All Student Immunization Requirements

Newly Admitted Students Aged Under 19 Years

Full-time (Undergraduate – 12 or more credits.  Graduate – more than 6 credits)  

  • MMR 2-dose series (first dose AFTER first birthday)
  • HepB 3-dose series (2nd dose at least 4 weeks after 1st dose.  3rd dose at least 8 weeks after 2nd, PLUS at least 16 weeks between 1st and 3rd dose.
  • Meningitis 2 doses (Menactra, Menveo or MenQuadFi) Please Note: One dose must be given on or after 16th birthday.
  • COVID-19: Both doses in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna) OR one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson Janssen) and booster dose when eligible. Please Note: International students must present WHO-approved vaccination (2-dose series OR single dose vaccine) as well as a booster dose if eligible.

Part-time (Undergraduate – less than 12 credits.  Graduate – less than 6 credits)

  • MMR 2-dose series (first dose AFTER first birthday) Please Note: You may see individual doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine.
  • Meningitis 2 doses (Menactra, Menveo or MenQuadFi) Please Note: one dose must be given on or after 16th birthday.
  • COVID-19: Both doses in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna) OR one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson Janssen) and booster dose when eligible. Please Note: International students must present WHO-approved vaccination (2-dose series OR single dose vaccine)
Newly Admitted Students Aged 19 years and Older

Full-time (Undergraduate – 12 or more credits.  Graduate – more than 6 credits)

  • MMR 2-dose series (first dose AFTER first birthday) Please Note: You may see individual doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine.
  • Please Note: Only if living in University housing, add one dose of Meningitis vaccine (Menactra, Menveo or MenQuadFi) that must be given on, or after, 16th birthday.
  • COVID-19: Both doses in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna) OR one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson Janssen) as well as a booster dose. Please Note: International students must present WHO-approved vaccination (2-dose series OR single dose vaccine)
  • HepB 3-dose series (2nd dose at least 4 weeks after 1st dose. 3rd dose at least 8 weeks after 2nd, PLUS at least 16 weeks between 1st and 3rd dose.
  • Please Note: Only if student is Resident, add one dose of meningitis vaccine (Menactra, Menveo or MenQuadFi) that must be given on, or after, 16th birthday.

Part-time (Undergraduate – less than 12 credits.  Graduate – less than 6 credits)

  • MMR 2-dose series (first dose AFTER first birthday) Please Note: You may see individual doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine.
  • Please Note: Only if student is Resident, add one dose of Meningitis vaccine (Menactra, Menveo or MenQuadFi) that must be given on, or after, 16th birthday.
  • COVID-19: Both doses in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna) OR one dose of a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson Janssen) as well as a booster dose. Please Note: International students must present WHO-approved vaccination (2-dose series OR single dose vaccine).
Students Exempt from Immunization Requirements

Students Exempt from immunizations other than the COVID-19 vaccine series (or a single dose series):

  • Exclusively enrolled in a Certificate program. Please Note: Students in combined degree and certificate programs must submit immunizations.
  • Exclusively enrolled in an official Montclair State University Online Program.
  • Students age 31 or older at time of matriculation.
  • Please Note: All students (undergraduate, graduate, full-time, part-time) are required to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series (or a single dose series) unless they have been approved for a medical or religious exemption.
Vaccinated for COVID-19 Outside of the United States?
  1. People who were vaccinated outside the United States with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and have received all the recommended doses do not need any additional doses.
  2. People who received the first dose of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses do not need to restart the vaccine series in the United States but should receive the second dose as close to the recommended time as possible.
  3. International students who were vaccinated outside of the U.S. with a WHO-approved vaccine are required to get a single booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 5 months after getting all required doses.
  4. People who have not received all the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by WHO are required to complete an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
  5. People who received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO are required to complete an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series. People who have received non-WHO-approved vaccines may be revaccinated, according to current guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). View Information Regarding the Safety of Revaccination.
Exemption Forms

Please review the policy for students with COVID-19 exemptions before completing the exemption request.

Please Note: All exemption forms for new students starting in spring 2022 must be submitted by Friday, January 18, 8 a.m.

International students and students who are admitted late (after Sunday, January 9, 2022) should submit their proof of vaccination or request an exemption as soon as they are able.

  • How to Upload Your Medical Exemption to MyHealth Portal (Medical only), go to Upload Documents and select the “Medical Exemption” tag to upload.
    • You can then go to My Profile → Images to confirm your images have been uploaded properly.
Recommended Immunizations

Strongly recommended (though not required) in the event of injury or exposure.

  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) – Immunization dates or blood test results
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis)
  • HPV
  • Td
  • Hepatitis A
  • Influenza
  • Meningococcal B

Where to Find Your Immunization History

  • Pediatrician and/or healthcare provider
  • High school or prior college/university
  • Military records