Georgia State University is in compliance with the Georgia Board of Regents immunization requirements. All new students must show proof of being immunized.
Students can request records of their shots from schools that they have previously attended, county health departments, military records or their physician.
Students should allow three business days from the time their immunization records are received for processing, posting and releasing immunization holds. Incomplete or unacceptable records may take up to 14 business days due to correspondence time requesting corrections. Common reasons for incomplete immunizations records are no valid Panther I.D., no physician signature, no physician stamp or unreadable dates.
Students who are unable to locate their immunization records but are certain that they have had the immunization should have blood tests (titers) done at the Student Health Clinic instead of repeating the shots. If the titer shows that the student is immune, then he or she has proven immunity. If the titer shows a student is not immune, he or she will need to receive the immunization. Tetanus and diphtheria proof is by immunization record only; there is no titer for this immunization.
All vaccinations or history of disease must be validated by a licensed health care provider with a signature and medical office stamp. Parent or guardian notes for history of disease are not acceptable forms as the requirement must be validated from a health care professional and a medical office stamp. Medical exemptions are acceptable with a written note from a student’s health care provider on medical letterhead with a signature. Religious exemptions are accepted with a notarized letter from their respective religious authority figure, and students must sign that they acknowledge the assumption of risk in the event of an outbreak on campus.
Permanent or Temporary Immunization Exemption
- Permanent: Permanent medical contraindication (allergy, etc.). It must be signed and stamped by medical provider.
- Temporary: Exempt for a period of time (pregnancy, etc.). It must be signed and stamped by medical provider.
- Religious Exemptions: Immunizations are in conflict with religious beliefs. Student may be subject to exclusion from school in the event of an outbreak of a disease for which an immunization is required. Student must sign and date.
- Distance Learning: Student enrolled only in courses offered by distance learning. If the student enrolls in a class on campus, the exemption is void. Student must sign and date.