State-Required Immunizations

The State of North Carolina requires the immunizations for all students enrolled in higher education: A list of required immunizations may be found here.  Students may apply for exemption from these state-required immunizations on grounds of permanent medical contraindication or conflicting religious beliefs. See the NC Immunization Branch website  for more information on medical and religious exemptions for state-required immunizations. Note that students choosing to apply for any exemption must still complete the report of health history, and tuberculosis screening questionnaire, described here.

Medical Exemption Requests (State-Required Immunizations)

If a physician licensed to practice medicine certifies that a required immunization is or may be detrimental to a person’s health due to the presence of one of the contraindications adopted by the Commission for Health Services, the person is not required to receive the specified immunization if the contraindication persists.

Exemption forms for state-required immunizations can be found at the NC Immunization Branch website. All requests for medical exemption must be submitted to and approved by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Students should complete this exemption request and upload the approval document to their Phoenix Health Portal.

Religious Exemption (State-Required Immunization Requirements)

There is no form for requesting religious exemptions for state required immunizations in North Carolina. A written statement of the student’s bona fide and sincerely held religious beliefs and opposition to the immunization requirements must be submitted with signature and date. Please include the student’s full name and date of birth. The statement should be uploaded to the Phoenix Health Portal.

Statements of religious objection to immunization do not need to be notarized, signed by a religious leader, or prepared by an attorney. They do not need to be submitted to the state for review or approval prior to submitting to the Phoenix Health Portal.

Medical and Religious Exemptions: University Mandated Vaccines (including COVID-19 vaccines)

Students who receive religious or medical exemptions for state-mandated vaccines will automatically receive an exemption for COVID-19 vaccines. Students who wish to request a medical or religious waiver for the COVID-19 vaccination requirement only  (and not state-mandated vaccines) must request the exemption by July 1. To complete a waiver request for COVID-19 vaccines, students must complete the COVID-19 vaccination exemption form, including the required documentation. To complete this submission, students must complete the COVID-19 vaccination/exemption form (Note: This will require an Elon log-in and should be completed by the student.)

Questions about  vaccine compliance status may be directed to Student Health Services at 336-278-7230 or email from the student’s Elon email account.

Students with Exemptions (State-Required and University-Required Vaccines)

If an outbreak occurs on campus, the university will follow guidance by the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the Alamance County Health Department regarding mitigation measures. Depending upon the nature of the outbreak, this guidance may require increased testing, isolations or quarantine,  relocation to off campus and restricted access to university facilities or programs until the epidemic or threat no longer constitutes a significant public health danger.