Immunization Requirements for New Students

Immunization and TB Compliance 

The health and safety of our Vanderbilt community is our highest priority.  Therefore, all incoming students are required to submit immunization records and tuberculosis (TB) information in order to register for classes prior to coming to Vanderbilt.  These records must contain university and state-mandated vaccinations administered at proper intervals and the completion of a TB screening survey and possible tuberculosis testing.  The Requirements Table below gives an overview of what is required for each student based on their degree plan.

2021-2022 Compliance Requirements Table (Click here for more detail)
x = required

Type of Student COVID-19 Vaccine MMR Vaccine Varicella Vaccine Men.
ACYW Vaccine
Hepatitis B Vaccine Tdap Vaccine TB Survey TB Testing 
Undergraduate × × × ×     × if app.
Graduate × × ×       × if app.
Nursing × × ×   × ×   ×
Medical  × × ×   × ×   ×

The Student Health Center will accept a variety of documentation that meets the requirements above including:

  • State/County Immunization Documents  
  • Signed/stamped/certified Medical Records (including immunization records and/or lab reports)
  • Yellow Book / Immunization Cards from your country of origin (must be in English)
  • Copies of CDC cards for COVID-19 Documentation 

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs must also complete an online Tuberculosis Assessment Survey.  After taking the survey, each student will get a response page to upload to the Student Health Portal.  The response page must be uploaded along with the immunization documentation for full compliance

For information about religious or medical exemptions, please review our FAQ page.