Immunization

University of Denver policy and Colorado State Law require most students to show proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, influenza, and COVID-19. On this page, you'll find details regarding those requirements, as well as information on where to get vaccinated and how to submit proof of immunization or requests for exemptions.

 

State of Colorado/University of Denver MMR/Meningitis Immunization Requirements

Colorado State Law and University of Denver policy require all students to receive two doses of vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), as well as a review of information regarding meningococcal disease (meningitis) prior to registration. Additionally, all first-year undergraduates and students living in DU housing must show proof of vaccination against meningococcal disease (MenACWY) within the past five years.

If proof of immunity and acknowledgement of meningitis information (or proof of vaccination for incoming class) is not submitted to the University of Denver Health & Counseling Center by your program's registration date, you will be unable to register for classes.

Immunization record information must be submitted to the DU Health & Counseling Center by your program's registration date. Students will NOT be able to register for fall term classes without providing this information.

Colorado Revised Statutes §25-4-901 to 909

 

Submitting Proof of MMR/Meningitis Vaccination

Your physician will need to enter the dates of your MMR and meningitis vaccinations, and sign the Certificate of Immunization.

In place of the Certificate of Immunization, you may submit:

  • A copy of your original immunization records
  • An immunization record from another school, provided it is on official letterhead from the school
  • Laboratory evidence demonstrating immunity with numerical values, otherwise known as an MMR titer.

To upload your vaccination record, complete the following steps:

  1. Log into the MyHealth portal.
  2. Select MEDICAL CLEARANCES on the left side bar.
  3. Click UPDATE next to Immunization Record.
  4. Click UPLOAD.
  5. Attach and upload your file(s).
  6. Click UPDATE next to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, or Meningococcal AWYC.
  7. Enter the date you received your vaccination.
  8. Select the matching vaccination type from the drop down menu.
  9. Click DONE.
  10. Repeat steps 6–9 until you have provided dates for each type.

If you are unable to upload, you may email your records to info@hcc.du.edu or fax them to 303-871-4242. Please include your DU ID number, first and last name with all communications.

After the Health & Counseling Center has reviewed your record, you will receive a confirmation message in MyHealth.

For help obtaining immunization or submitting your vaccination records, contact the HCC at 303-871-2205 or info@hcc.du.edu.

 

Exemptions to the MMR/Meningitis Vaccination Requirement


Medical Exemptions

Medical exemptions must be requested by submitting a letter or statement from your doctor indicating the clinically supported reason(s) you should not receive the MMR and/or MenACWY vaccine.


Non-medical Exemptions

There are two options for filing a non-medical exemption.

  1. Download the "Certificate of Non-medical Exemption" from the CDPHE Vaccine Exemption page. The document can be completed by the student (or parent if under 18 years of age) and must be signed by their immunizing health care provider.
  2. Review the "Online Immunization Education Module" from the CDPHE Vaccine Exemption page. Once viewing is completed, the student (or parent if under 18 years of age) can fill out a Certificate of Non-medical Exemption. This certificate will populate the name, date and time that this process was completed and does not require a signature from an immunizing health care provider.


Submitting Your Exemption Request

Follow these steps to submit an exemption request:

  1. Log into the MyHealth portal.
  2. Select MEDICAL CLEARANCES on the left side bar.
  3. Click UPDATE next to Immunization Record.
  4. Select UPLOAD.
  5. Attach and upload your request document.

If you are unable to upload, you may email your document to info@hcc.du.edu or fax it to 303-871-4242. Please include your DU ID number, first and last name with all communications.

After the Health & Counseling Center has reviewed your request for exemption, you will receive notification in MyHealth. For questions about accessing MyHealth or for help uploading, contact info@hcc.du.edu.

 

MMR/Meningitis Outbreak Policy

In the event of an MMR or meningitis outbreak on campus, students for whom a vaccination exemption has been submitted will be withdrawn from classes by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) until the outbreak is contained (likely six to eight weeks). Students who are exempt from vaccination requirements will not be entitled to a refund or tuition credit for any missed time.

 

DU Influenza (Flu) Immunization Requirements

Protecting the health and safety of our campus community is first and foremost on our minds at the University of Denver. Influenza is a serious disease that can be prevented through vaccination. Even healthy people can get the flu and it can be very serious. This year and every year, get vaccinated against the flu. It could save a life.

Because influenza and COVID-19 illness can cause similar symptoms, occur simultaneously, and pose serious health risks to members of our community, the University of Denver, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, will now require all students, faculty, and staff who live, work, and/or attend classes on campus to get an annual influenza vaccination.

 

Come Get Your Flu Shot!

DU has expanded its offering of no-cost influenza vaccines to all students, faculty, and staff — visit us and help fight the flu! No appointment necessary. Walk-up clinics are available on campus.

As always, students, faculty, and staff may obtain their influenza vaccination through their own healthcare provider if they prefer.

DU faculty or staff members with additional questions should contact their HR Partner. Students with additional questions should reach out to the DU Health & Counseling Center for assistance at 303-871-2205 or info@hcc.du.edu.

  • Options for Cigna Members

    Information also provided on Human Resources & Inclusive Community Benefits.

    Cigna members may receive the flu vaccine at in-network retail pharmacy locations for no additional cost ($0 co-pay). Flu shots are covered at 100% as preventive care from an in-network provider or pharmacy. Participating pharmacies include CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, Safeway, King Soopers (Kroger), Costco, and Sam’s Club. Please view the flyers below for a list of participating providers.

    To have the vaccine billed through a Cigna medical plan, present your Cigna medical/pharmacy ID card to the pharmacy at the time of receiving the vaccine.

    Your pharmacist may need to use the following BIN and PCN numbers to submit your claim:

    • Change Healthcare (previously Emdeon)
      BIN: 004766
      PCN: COM62308
    • OmniSYS
      BIN: 004303
      PCN: CIGPPOIMM

Submitting Proof of Influenza (Flu) Vaccination

Influenza vaccination records must include the following information:

  • Full name of patient
  • Vaccine type
  • Administration date

We are flexible on what we can accept for these. Examples include receipt of payment, clinical after-visit summary, or vaccination record.

To upload your vaccination records, complete the following steps:

  1. Log into the MyHealth portal.
  2. Select MEDICAL CLEARANCES on the left side bar.
  3. Click UPDATE next to Immunization Record.
  4. Click UPLOAD.
  5. Attach and upload your file(s).
  6. Click SAVE.

To speed up the process, please also:

  1. Click UPDATE next to the Influenza clearance.
  2. Enter the date you received your vaccination.
  3. Select the matching vaccination type from the drop down menu.
  4. Click DONE.

If you are unable to upload, you may email your record to info@hcc.du.edu or fax it to 303-871-4242. Please include your full name and DU ID number with all communications.

After the Health & Counseling Center has reviewed your record, you will receive a confirmation message. Due to high volume, please allow up to three business days for confirmation.

For help obtaining immunization or submitting your vaccination records, contact the HCC at 303-871-2205 or info@hcc.du.edu.

 

Flu Vaccine Attestation

If you received your influenza vaccination but are unable to provide adequate documentation of your influenza vaccination, you may submit a Flu Attestation Form.

Follow these steps to complete the form:

  1. Download the Flu Attestation Form.
  2. Fill in the information about your vaccination: date, location, and provider.
  3. Fill in the identification information and sign at the bottom of the form.

The University of Denver requires an actual signature. An adobe digital ID will be rejected.

Follow these steps to submit your attestation:

  1. Log into the MyHealth portal.
  2. Select MEDICAL CLEARANCES on the left side bar.
  3. Click UPDATE next to Immunization Record.
  4. Click UPLOAD.
  5. Attach and upload your attestation.
  6. Click SAVE.

If you are unable to upload, you may email your record to info@hcc.du.edu or fax it to 303-871-4242. Please include your DU ID number, first and last name with all communications.

After the Health & Counseling Center has reviewed your record, you will receive a confirmation message in MyHealth.

 

Exemptions to the Influenza (Flu) Vaccination Requirement

DU recognizes that not every individual is in a position to be vaccinated against influenza (flu) at this time. Accordingly, we have established a process to consider requests for certain limited exemptions to the flu vaccination requirement. The Health & Counseling Center will consider requests for exemptions due to medical and non-medical reasons. DU may reconsider the availability of certain exemptions based on changing conditions on campus, in the surrounding community, or the state, in addition to changes in public health guidance and/or developments related to the flu vaccines.

DU community members who become infected with influenza or a similar flu-like illness must remain off campus for the duration of their symptoms to allow for a full recovery and assist in keeping our community healthy.


Medical Exemptions

Medical exemptions must be requested by submitting a letter or statement from your doctor indicating the clinically supported reason(s) you should not receive the MMR and/or MenACWY vaccine.


Non-medical Exemptions

Personal or religious exemptions must be requested by submitting the Non-Medical Exemption form. These exemptions require a statement from the individual (or a parent/guardian if the individual is under 18 years of age), stating that the vaccine violates sincerely held religious or personal beliefs. Non-medical exemptions must be renewed annually.


Submitting Your Exemption Request

Follow these steps to submit your request document:

  1. Log into the MyHealth portal.
  2. Select DOWNLOADABLE FORMS on the left side bar.
  3. Locate the INFLUENZA EXEMPTION FORM.
  4. Select UPLOAD.
  5. Attach and upload your request document.

If you are unable to upload, you may email your document to info@hcc.du.edu or fax it to 303-871-4242. Please include your DU ID number, first and last name with all communications.

After the Health & Counseling Center has reviewed your request for exemption, you will receive notification in MyHealth. For questions about accessing MyHealth or for help uploading, contact info@hcc.du.edu.


Flu Vaccine FAQs


COVID-19 Immunization Requirements

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) strongly support requiring full vaccination of students against COVID-19 before returning to in-person learning and on-campus activities. Consistent with this recommendation, and in consultation with its health partner, National Jewish Health, the University of Denver (DU) is requiring students, faculty, and staff who are living, learning, or working in person to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they are allowed on campus. This requirement applies to individuals who are studying or working in person as part of their DU role even if the in-person activity does not occur on campus (e.g., study abroad, other off-campus programs, or conducting DU business in other locations).

"Fully vaccinated" means two weeks have passed since an individual received a one-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine. DU may require individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to follow additional mitigation protocols such as quarantining before arriving on campus, after travel, or following exposure to COVID-19, more frequent testing, social distancing, and wearing face coverings.

 

COVID Testing at DU

Students, faculty, and staff can receive free COVID testing on campus. For up-to-date testing information, visit the DU Spit Lab.

 

Submitting Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

To provide proof of vaccination, upload a photograph of your completed vaccine card (instructions below). Your photo should clearly identify the type of vaccine, the date(s) on which you received it, and the provider. You must upload your vaccine card even if you were vaccinated on campus.

  1. Log into the MyHealth portal.
  2. Select MEDICAL CLEARANCES on the left side bar.
  3. Click UPDATE next to COVID Vaccine.
  4. Click UPLOAD.
  5. Attach and upload your file(s).
  6. Click ADD IMMUNIZATION.
  7. Enter the date you received your vaccination.
  8. Select the matching vaccination type from the drop down menu.
  9. Click SAVE.
  10. Click DONE.

After the Health & Counseling Center has reviewed your record, you will receive a confirmation message. If your vaccine record is approved and you are two weeks post-vaccination, your status on the campus access portal will change to "vaccinated." For questions about accessing MyHealth or for help uploading, contact info@hcc.du.edu.

 

Exemptions to the COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

DU recognizes that not every individual is in a position to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at this time. Accordingly, in April of 2021, DU established a process to consider requests for certain limited exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Through that process, the Health & Counseling Center will consider requests for exemptions due to medical and non-medical reasons. DU may reconsider the availability of certain exemptions based on changing conditions on campus, in the surrounding community, or the state, in addition to changes in public health orders and/or guidance and/or developments related to the COVID-19 vaccines.

To submit an exemption request, please download, complete, sign, and upload the applicable form and any required documentation. Please note that submission of a request for exemption does not constitute a request for accommodation related to your employment or your participation in academic or other programs as a student at DU. You will need to contact Human Resources & Inclusive Community or the Disability Services Program, respectively, to engage in the interactive accommodation process.

This exemption information is specific to COVID-19 vaccination only. If you are requesting exemption from other vaccinations, such as the MMR vaccination requirement or the flu vaccination requirement, these exemption requests must be filed individually.

Medical exemptions must be requested by submitting the Medical Exemption form along with a letter or statement from your doctor indicating the clinically supported reason(s) you should not receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Religious exemptions must be requested by submitting the Non-Medical Exemption form. These exemptions require a statement from the individual (or a parent/guardian if the individual is under 18 years of age), stating that the vaccine violates sincerely held religious beliefs. Non-medical exemptions must be renewed annually.

Follow these steps to submit the form:

  1. Log into the MyHealth portal.
  2. Select DOWNLOADABLE FORMS on the left side bar.
  3. Locate the COVID-19 EXEMPTION FORM.
  4. Select UPLOAD.
  5. Attach and upload the form.

If you are unable to upload, you may email the form to info@hcc.du.edu or fax it to 303-871-4242. Please include your DU ID number, first and last name with all communications.

After the Health & Counseling Center has reviewed your request for exemption, you will receive notification in MyHealth. If HCC approves your exemption request, your vaccination status on the campus access portal will change to "exempt." For questions about accessing MyHealth or for help uploading, contact info@hcc.du.edu.

Those with an approved exemption (a) must comply with additional mitigation protocols, including more frequent testing, mandatory mask wearing indoors and outdoors in groups of five or more, and quarantine following travel or exposure; (b) are not approved for international travel for University business or academic programs; and (c) are not approved for provision of in-person clinical services on campus or in-person participation in field placements.

 

COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Requirements

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), the Colorado Department of Higher Education, and the University of Denver strongly support requiring full vaccination of students against COVID-19 to return to in-person learning and on-campus activities. Requiring vaccination helps protect the health and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community by limiting the spread of COVID-19 and the rise in variants. Accordingly, DU has required that students, faculty, and staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus beginning with the fall term 2021. DU has recently announced that all DU community members who are subject to the vaccination requirement and not already exempted from the COVID-19 vaccine must receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination by January 31, 2022, or as soon thereafter as they become eligible for a booster.

If you have an existing approved exemption, you do not need to file additional paperwork. Note that DU will not accept requests for non-medical exemptions from the booster requirement.

 

Exemptions to the COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Requirements

Medical exemptions to COVID-19 booster vaccination must be requested by submitting the Booster Medical Exemption form along with a letter or statement from your doctor indicating the clinically supported reason(s) you should not receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination, as well as the time period for which the exemption is required.

After the Health & Counseling Center has reviewed your request for exemption, you will receive notification in MyHealth. If HCC approves your exemption request, your vaccination status on the campus access portal will change to "exempt." For questions about accessing MyHealth or for help uploading, contact info@hcc.du.edu.

Those with an approved exemption (a) must comply with additional mitigation protocols, including more frequent testing, mandatory mask wearing indoors and outdoors in groups of five or more, and quarantine following travel or exposure; (b) are not approved for international travel for University business or academic programs; and (c) are not approved for provision of in-person clinical services on campus or in-person participation in field placements.

 

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The HCC/DU recognizes that mandatory vaccination requirements may place undue burden on communities of color and those with trauma related to historical and contemporary experiences with medical care. We are relying on your compliance as we work to keep our communities safe. We have made efforts to remove barriers to care such as cost and access and follow the most rigorous scientific evidence available when providing and recommending healthcare to students. If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of the vaccination process, please reach out for support.

A list of resources and contact information listed in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion support webpage can be found here: https://www.du.edu/equity/dei-covid-19-resources

 

Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS)

The University of Denver Health & Counseling Center participates in the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). Immunizations given at the DU HCC will be entered into CIIS. Other information such as past immunization records provided to the DU HCC, gender, and the office where each shot is given will be included in the registry to be sure that your record is accurate and cannot be confused with another patient's. Your address will also be included in the system to allow your health care provider to send you a card to remind you are due for an immunization. All information entered into CIIS is secure and confidential.

Under Colorado State Law, you can exclude your immunization information from participation. If you would like to opt out, please complete the form on the CIIS opt-out procedures page and provide a copy to CIIS as directed on the form.