Immunization Exception Information
Incoming students can submit vaccination records NOW. Please log-on to the Phoenix Health Portal to submit.
Students may apply for exemption from 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.
If a student receives an approved medical or religious exemption for state-mandated immunizations, then university-required immunizations will be exempted as well.
Medical Exemption Requests (Required Immunizations)
Medical exemptions for state-required immunizations will only be approved if the student follows the state mandated process. If a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of North Carolina 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 approved 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.
Public Health Measures for Students with Approved Exemptions
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.
Questions about vaccine compliance status or exemptions may be directed to The Office of the Dean of Students at 336-278-7200 or email email@example.com from the student’s Elon email account.