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Immunizations

The College of Idaho believes it is in the best interests of the campus community for every student to be vaccinated appropriately. Listed below are the immunizations required of all students for the 2021-22 school year.

COVID-19 Vaccination

The College of Idaho recognizes the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccinations in reducing the potential for infection, transmission, severe illness, and death.  COVID-19 vaccines have met the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's rigorous scientific standards for safety and have been approved for Emergency Use Authorization. Moreover. they have proven to be remarkably safe over the period of their use, with over 294 million doses administered in the U.S. alone through May 2021. For those reasons, and in line with the Centers for Disease Control recommendations, the College embraces the COVID-19 vaccine as the primary means for keeping our community safe and fully operational for the fall 2021 semester.

Accordingly, effective Fall 2021, all students must adhere to one of the following:

  1. Attest to having received one of the World Health Organization approved COVID-19 vaccinations.
  2. Obtain approval for a religious or medical exemption.
  3. Consent to weekly COVID-19 PCR testing at personal expense, and reporting results to the Wellness Center.

Returning Students

If you are a returning student at the College, all that is required is this COVID-19 Immunization request.

New Students

All new students must complete the Immunization Record Form and return it to the College's Wellness Center. This form can be hand-delivered to the Wellness Center located in Hendren Hall, faxed to (208) 459-5182 attn. Health Services, or mailed to The College of Idaho, Wellness Center, 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell, ID 83605.

 

Required Immunizations Description
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Two doses administered at least 28 days apart.  A positive MMR titer (blood test) will be accepted instead of this series if no records are available.  
Meningococcal A single dose administered within the last five years. If a vaccine was given after the age of 16 you do not need another one.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) A single dose administered within the last ten years.
Varicella Two doses of Varicella-containing vaccine administered at least 28 days apart. If a student had chickenpox as a child, a positive titer (blood test) will be accepted instead of this vaccination series.

 

Required Immunizations for At-Risk Individuals  
Tuberculin (TB)

Any student coming from or returning from a high-risk country* must obtain an updated TB Skin Test annually.  If a student has a positive TB Skin Test, then a chest x-ray taken within the last year is required.

 

Recommended Immunizations Description
Hepatitis A Two dose vaccine series.  A positive Hepatitis A titer (blood test) will be accepted instead of this vaccination if no records are available.
Hepatitis B Three dose vaccine series.  A positive Hepatitis B titer (blood test) will be accepted instead of this vaccine if no records are available.
HPV Three dose vaccine series
Meningitis B Two dose vaccine series
Influenza A single dose annually
Polio Primary series in childhood with IPV alone, OPV alone, or IPV/OPV sequentially.

Timeline

Students must provide all immunization documentation (including COVID-19 Policy Compliance) to The College of Idaho Health & Wellness Center before arriving on campus for classes, moving into residence halls, or participating in any official College function. (Note: if you are unable to meet this timeline due to extenuating circumstances, please contact the Wellness Center Director or the Dean of Students to discuss alternative arrangements)

Students who have an incomplete immunization record as of the 10th day of classes will have a hold placed on their account and will not be able to register for the following semester. In addition, students with incomplete records may be removed from the residence halls and/or in-person courses until all requirements are met (no refunds available). Students participating in intercollegiate sports who have incomplete immunization records will not be allowed to practice or complete until they are compliant with the College's Immunization Policy. 

Exemptions

The College of Idaho believes it is in the best interests of the campus community when every student is immunized (herd immunity) and, therefore, the College does not allow for personal/philosophical exemptions. The College, however, will consider a medical or religious request for exemption to vaccines; in such instances, a Medical/Religious Exemptions Request Form must be submitted to the Wellness Center for review and approval before arriving on campus for classes, moving into residence halls, or participating in any official College function. Students who do not have an approved exemption and still have an incomplete immunization record as of the 10th day of classes will have a hold placed on their account and will be removed from the residence halls (no refunds available) until all requirements are met. Students participating in intercollegiate sports who have incomplete immunization records will not be allowed to practice or compete until they are compliant with the College's immunization policy. Should an outbreak occur on campus, students with approved exemptions or incomplete immunization records (including recommended immunizations) may be restricted from attending classes or other College activities, and/or removed from the residence halls until there is no further immediate risk to the student (no refunds available).

Tuberculin (TB) High-Risk Countries

All international and exchange students coming from or returning from these countries must receive a TB testing done:

  • Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, South Africa, Thailand, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Congo, Lesotho, Liberia, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Sierra, Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Malawi, Uganda, Botswana, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Eswatini, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Republic of Moldova, Somalia, Tajikistan, Ghana. (Source: World Health Organization Global Health Observatory, Global Tuberculosis Report 2020)

All international and exchange students, except those from countries currently identified as being low risk, are required to have either a TB (tuberculin) skin test or IGRA (Interferon Gamma Release Assays blood test.)

Students with a history of BCG vaccination are not excluded from tuberculin testing.

If the skin test is positive, a Chest X-ray, evaluation for needed treatment, and MD clearance for activities are required.