Immunization Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
I am out of the country and will be unable to meet the deadline for submission of the Immunization and Tuberculosis Screening Certificate. What are my options?
Fall semester deadline – July 15th
Spring semester deadline – December 15th
After the deadline the University Registrar may block the continuation of your registration for the semester until the form has been submitted and immunization and screening requirements have been met.
I don’t have a physician or can’t get one to sign Georgetown’s form. May I submit copies of my old immunization records without a current physician’s signature?
We prefer that your healthcare provider complete and sign the Georgetown form. This ensures that requirements are met and that any vaccinations and/or testing that you may need can be completed.
If your immunization records are up to date we will accept an official immunization record (such as government immunization certificates or copies from a medical record). Please note: this may delay the review of your information, which could affect your registration.
It is still your responsibility to ensure that the actual immunization and screening requirements are met, regardless of what form or records you submit.
I went into the portal and submitted documentation via document upload. Do I need to enter my immunization information into the electronic forms as well?
Yes. If the electronic immunization forms are not complete along with the uploaded documentation, you will not be considered compliant, and your registration may be delayed.
Yes. All students regardless of age are screened for Tuberculosis risk by completing the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire within the Immunization Portal.
Depending on the responses to those questions, some students will also need to complete a Tuberculosis test.
The screening questions are consistent with the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and the American College Health Association.
I don’t have time to complete the entire series of required shots before school starts. What should I do?
All required vaccine series can be completed within a 1-6 month time span (depending on which type of vaccine is administered).
If you are in-process of completing one or more vaccine series prior to the start of school, you will be marked temporarily compliant with proof of documentation
Temporary compliance length will vary dependent upon the vaccine(s) in process
Example: MMR #2 cannot be administered earlier than 28 days after MMR #1 therefore you will be temporarily compliant until 28 days.
Once temporary compliance expires you will be considered non-compliant and may be unable to register in subsequent semesters.
All required immunizations can be administered during a nurse visit at the Student Health Center: (202) 687 – 2200 option 2.
You may need to resubmit your immunization records. We may not have access to records submitted more than four years ago.
If you are switching programs within a degree or are matriculating in a new degree program send a secure message through the immunization portal with the following:
– prior program and semester of entry
– the new program and semester of entry
For example, “I was an undergraduate and matriculated in Fall 2016. I will be entering the School of Foreign Service as a Masters candidate in Spring 2020”
Please note: you must still meet all requirements for your age and course of study.
I don’t have a physician, but I need some shots. Can I get immunizations at the Student Health Center?
Yes. All required immunizations can be administered during a nurse visit at the Student Health Center: (202) 687 – 2200 option 2.
Our current clinic hours are listed here: https://studenthealth.georgetown.edu/medical-care/
The immunization portal works best with the following web browsers:
– Mozilla (Firefox)
– Schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider to review your result.
– Complete a chest x-ray as ordered by your provider.
– Have your doctor complete and sign the TB testing form including the TB symptom review.
– Upload the completed form to your immunization portal and complete the corresponding electronic form in the immunization portal
Have your doctor complete and sign the TB testing form including the TB symptom review.
Upload the completed form to your immunization portal and complete the corresponding electronic form in the immunization portal
I need a tetanus vaccination and am not able to receive this vaccination in my home country before the deadline for submission of immunizations, what do I do?
Have your doctor complete and sign the Immunization History Form. Upload the completed form to your immunization portal and complete the corresponding electronic form in the immunization portal.
If you are unable to receive a tetanus vaccination please schedule a nurse appointment once you are on campus at the Student Health Center: (202) 687 – 2200 option 2.
Our current clinic hours are listed here: https://studenthealth.georgetown.edu/medical-care/
Please input your immunization records using the electronic form and upload your immunization records for review. Our office will contact you if further immunizations are required.
What happens if I have no doctor or other licensed provider to help me fill in my immunization form?
Please submit a copy of your immunization records for review. Our office will contact you through the portal if you have further items needed.
You will be able show compliance with immunization and health requirements with a combination of blood tests for antibodies and receiving some immunizations. In order to do this you should: Complete one of the following:
Schedule an appointment with a provider at home (print and bring the immunization form for your provider to review during your appointment). They can order any missing required testing and immunizations and complete your forms.
Schedule a nurse visit at the Student Health Center for immunization compliance. You can call (202) 687 – 2200 choose option 2. Our current clinic hours are listed here: https://studenthealth.georgetown.edu/medical-care/
If your tetanus dose has not been given in the last 10 years you will need a booster.
Most Hepatitis B vaccine series are 3 shots. The two shot series (Heplisav-B) was approved in the US by Dynavax in Nov 2017. If you had Hepatitis B vaccinations before this time frame it is unlikely that that you received Heplisav-B and should have received 3 shots.
You should therefore receive a third Hepatitis B vaccine to be compliant with University requirements.
Why doesn’t my MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and/or Varicella count? I have 2 documented doses 28 days apart.
If your first MMR and/or Varicella vaccine was administered before your first birthday, it does not count. making you noncompliant. You need to complete one of the following:
– MMR and Varicella shot
– MMR and Varicella blood test to prove your immunity to the disease
– If you are living in a dorm and have never received this vaccine OR if you last received this vaccine before your 16th Birthday you must complete another dose.
– Sign the meningitis waiver
Medical Student FAQ’s
Per the AAMC form, a quantitative Hepatitis B Surface Antibody titer of > 10 IU/mL is required. A qualitative serology result (such as “positive”, “immune” or “reactive”) will not be accepted.
My provider ordered hepatitis B qualitative serology( titer) but it is non-immune (non-reactive, low). Do I need to complete a hepatitis B quantitative serology(titer)?
No. Please see what to do for low hepatitis B serology (titer) in the next question.
My Hepatitis B serology (Hep B Surface antibody titer) was low (non-immune, non-reactive, <10mIU/mL). What do I do?
If your hepatitis B serology is low, you will need another Hepatitis B vaccination series followed by a repeat blood test for Hepatitis B Surface Antibody serology (4-8 weeks following completion of the series). If you are unable to complete these steps prior to matriculation you will receive temporary compliance and can complete the series and/or blood testing at the Student Health Center after matriculation.
For students with no prior TB testing or students with a previous negative TB testing an IGRA blood test (either a Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot) OR a 2-step Turberculin Skin Test (also referred to as “TST” or “PPD”) is required.
For 2 step skin testing the 2nd test should be placed 1-3 weeks after the 1st.
If you have a history of a positive test for TB you will need to document any subsequent testing or treatment AND have a healthcare provider complete a TB Symptom Questionnaire.
Clinical Nursing Student FAQ’s
Yes. You can complete required items with a licensed provider of your choice or call the student health center at (202) 687-2200 option 2 to schedule an appointment.
Can I complete the urine drug screen required by the Georgetown University Nursing School through Student Health?
Yes. Call the student health center at (202) 687-2200 option 2
How much does a urine drug screen cost through Student Health? (this pricing is ONLY for NURSING and MEDICAL STUDENTS completing requirements for school other patients should check with their insurance regarding whether this will be covered).
$25 at time of service
What if I need a different urine drug screen other than the one required by Georgetown University School of Nursing?
Please leave a voicemail on the nurse line at (202) 687-2200 option 3