District of Columbia law (D.C. Code 38-502) requires all students under age 26 attending school are required to provide documentation of vaccination or immunity (lab test, if appropriate) from Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella and Meningitis. Students under age 18 must also be vaccinated against polio. All incoming students, regardless of age, are screened for Tuberculosis (TB) by a risk assessment questionnaire, consistent with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the American College Health Association. Not all students will require TB testing. All information documenting compliance with these regulations should be submitted through the *Georgetown University Immunization and Health Information Database Portal. The portal is accessed through single sign on using your Georgetown University NetID and password.
*Clinical nursing students should NOT use this database and should contact the Department of Nursing for details regarding immunization and health compliance.
Instructions for students entering Georgetown University for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters (all schools EXCEPT Medicine and Clinical Nursing)
Incoming students can access the portal for the Georgetown University Immunization and Health Information Database to enter immunization and TB screening information and submit required health forms. Your account within the portal is accessed via single sign-on with your Georgetown University NetID and password. Detailed information regarding required forms can be found within the portal.
The deadline for incoming fall semester students is July 15 (December 15 for students entering in the Spring semester). Failure to meet this deadline may result in a $100 fee and prevent students from registering for classes.
If, after reviewing the requirements within the portal and our “Frequently Asked Questions” section below, you (or your health care provider) have further questions, you can contact the Georgetown Student Health Center through a secure message within the immunization portal above (preferred) or by calling the Student Health Center at 202-687-2200.
Incoming students can access the portal for the Georgetown University Immunization and Health Information Database to enter immunization information and submit the AAMC forms. Your account within the portal is accessed with your Georgetown University ID and sign-on. Detailed information regarding requirements can be found within the portal.
All matriculating medical students will be required to complete and submit the AAMC Standardized Immunization Form (new window) upon entry into Georgetown University School of Medicine. This form replaces the previous institutional immunization form to better align with the clinical site requirements of M.D. trainees. This form is available within the immunization portal for download as well as through the links below. The form should be completed and signed by a health care provider and uploaded into the immunization portal.
(Prior to beginning First Year in August), please complete the AAMC Standardized Immunization Form in its entirety. Please note the following Georgetown specific requirements and exceptions:
- Georgetown requires an IGRA test (Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot) or a 2-step PPD-Mantoux is required and must be done within 6 months of matriculation. For 2 step testing the 2nd PPD should be placed 1-3 weeks after the 1st PPD.
- The AAMC Standardized Immunization Form should be completed in its entirety, with the exception of the Influenza vaccine on Page 3, which is administered seasonally and will not be due until later in the Fall semester (December 1st).
- Georgetown does not require Respiratory Fit Testing or Physical Examination (under additional documentation on page 2 of the form) prior to matriculation.
Additional resources to assist students in the School of Medicine with completing the AAMC Standardized Immunization Form are available on the AAMC website at the links below:
If, after reviewing the requirements within the portal and the AAMC website, you have further questions, you can contact the Georgetown Student Health Center through a secure message within the immunization portal above or by calling the Student Health Center at 202-687-2200.
Immunization & Tuberculosis Screening Frequently Asked Questions
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?
The Immunization and Tuberculosis Screening Certificate submission deadlines are July 15th for the fall semester and December 15th for students starting their studies at Georgetown in the spring semester. If for some reason you are unable to turn in the form to us by these dates, you must submit it as soon as possible. After August 15, the University Registrar may block the continuation of your registration for the fall 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 will ensure that all of the requirements are met and that any vaccinations and/or testing that you may need can be administered. However, we will accept an official immunization record (such as government immunization certificates or copies from a medical record). 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. All documentation should be submitted through the Immunization Portal and all students must complete the electronic Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire within the portal.
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?
We review the information entered into the electronic forms to make sure that it matches the uploaded documentation and fulfills our requirements. If the electronic immunization forms are not complete along with the uploaded documentation, you will not be compliant with immunization requirements within our system and your registration may be delayed.
I am over the age of 26. Do I still need to complete the Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire?
All students regardless of age are screened for Tuberculosis risk by a set of risk assessment questions on the back of our Immunization and Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire. You must complete this electronic form within the portal regardless of your age. Depending on the responses to those questions, some students will also need an actual test for Tuberculosis infection. 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). As long as you start your immunization series prior to the start of school, you will be marked compliant with our requirements. This “compliant” status is conditional, with the expectation that you will complete the series and supply documentation within the recommended time frame for the required vaccine. All immunizations can be obtained at the Student Health Center.
I am a continuing student. Do I need to resubmit my immunization record?
If you attended Georgetown last year, completed or graduated from one program but are continuing this year in a new program, AND you had previously submitted your immunization forms to us, you may not need to resubmit your immunization records.
Send us an a secure message within the immunization portal to provide us with the prior program and semester of entry AND 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 that although you will not need to re-submit previously submitted proof of childhood immunizations, you must still meet all requirements for your age and course of study. This will include the tuberculosis screening questionnaire, immunizations that have expired (such as tetanus/diphtheria boosters which are due every 10 years), any requirements for which you were not compliant at the time of your prior entry, or any new requirements that have been added since your initial matriculation.
We keep paper immunization forms from our old system on-site for four years. We may not have access to records submitted more than four years ago.
I don’t have a physician, but I need some shots. Can I get immunizations/vaccinations at the Student Health Center?
The Student Health Center can provide you with the necessary immunizations if you don’t already have a primary care provider. We will have several scheduled opportunities during registration and orientation for students to obtain needed immunizations and testing.