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Student Immunization Requirements

Northwestern students are required to show proof of immunizations and to complete the Student Immunization Form for Non-Healthcare Students. Your completed immunization form must be mailed or uploaded by July 1.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Note: Northwestern released a COVID-19 update regarding vaccine requirements for students on May 12, 2021. Information on how to share vaccine status, exceptions, and further guidelines will be released in June. Tasks associated with vaccine requirements will be added to the Purple Prep Website and the Purple Prep Checklist in June, with an update included for new students in the following Purple Prep email. 

 

Immunization Form

Go to the New Students page of the Health Service website to find information and the link to the immunization form; mailing and uploading instructions appear on page 1 of the form.

Once the Health Service processes your form, an email will be sent to your Northwestern account to confirm receipt and to alert you to any missing information or unmet requirements.

All student immunization requirements must be met no later than 30 days after classes begin. Students with unmet requirements will be unable to register for, drop, or add courses in subsequent academic quarters and will be assessed a nonrefundable $100 late fee. Please make copies of your completed records and bring them to campus for your reference.

Note that student immunization requirements are distinct from medical insurance requirements. See the Student Medical Insurance page for information about insurance.

A note for deferred students who submitted the form in a previous year

  1. Submit if any updated TB self-screenings (pg. 3 of the Student Immunization Form).
  2. Submit if any updated immunizations (no need to resubmit pages 1, 2, and 4, Student Immunization Form).
  3. Review any correspondence previously received from Health Information Management Services (HIMS) for instructions on rectifying any immunization deficiencies by the deadline of 30 days after the start of classes.

Optional Mental Health Disclosure Form

In accordance with the Illinois Student Optional Disclosure of Private Mental Health Act, you have the option to identify a designated person (such as a parent or guardian) who would be notified in the event that a qualified mental healthcare provider employed by Northwestern determines that you might pose a clear danger to yourself or others. View the form authorizing disclosure of private mental health information. Please mail the completed form to the Office of the Registrar at the address shown on the form; do not submit it to the Health Service.