Vaccinations and Immunizations

For the health and safety of our SF State community, it is important that our students have up-to-date vaccinations. Students will be required to provide proof of vaccinations. Most students have received these previously throughout their childhood and beyond. Student Health Services can administer vaccines to students. Please note that NO vaccinations can be given during the two (2) weeks before COVID vaccinations and the two (2) weeks after COVID vaccinations.

Vaccination and Immunization Clinic

The following vaccinations are available at cost at SHS.

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV - Gardasil
  • Influenza (flu)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
  • TB Test: Call 415-338-1251 to speak with an SHS Nurse
  • Tetanus-diphtheria
  • Tetanus-diphtheria pertussis (Tdap)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)

You may be able to get the above vaccines free-of-charge from your own primary care doctor, using your own insurance.

SF State immunization policy requires that all students, except those who were enrolled in a California public school for the 7th grade or higher on or after July 1, 1999, provide proof of immunization against Measles, Mumps and Rubella. In addition SF State students who are 18 years old or younger need to show proof of Hepatitis B immunization.

SF State students who are required to submit proof of immunizations will be notified by the Registrar's Office and will need to submit their "Proof of Immunization" form to the Registrar's Office by the stated deadline. Failure to provide proof of immunizations will result in a registration HOLD.

If you believe an Immunization registration HOLD has been placed on your student record inappropriately, please contact the Registrar's Office at (415) 338-2350.

Waiver/Exemptions

If you believe you have a medical reason for not getting a required shot (MMR or Hepatitis B), please contact your primary care provider to obtain documentation of your medical exemption.

Exemptions for Students:  Students may be granted medical exemptions from required immunizations if they can provide a signed statement from a physician documenting either:

  • the student has a physical condition or medical circumstance that contraindicates vaccination
  • other evidence of immunity.

If you are not able to access your primary care provider, please call SHS at 415-338-1251 to schedule an appointment with a provider to evaluate whether your medical reason warrants a waiver.

For other questions related to waivers, please contact the Registrar's Office.

If you cannot locate your immunization records, please call the Health Center at 415-338-1251 and ask to speak to a Nurse to learn of other possible options.

Student Health Services and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practicies (ACIP) recommend that students stay up-to-date on their vaccinations, and that students living in dormitories have received the meningitis (meningococcal) vaccine.

SF State also recommends that you consider vaccination against meningitis (meningococcal) disease and chickenpox (varicella) (if you have never had the disease and/or have not been immunized against it) prior to arriving on campus. Please contact your primary care provider to make the appropriate arrangements.

Vaccination and Immunization Frequently Asked Questions

You must show proof of your Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) immunizations and Hepatitis B immunizations (for students 18 or younger at beginning of first semester).

If you cannot locate your immunization records, please call the Health Center at 415-338-1251 and ask to speak to a Nurse to learn of other possible options.

You send your "Proof of Immunization" form to the SF State Registrar's Office

Two MMR vaccines are required. 

Yes. You can get your vaccines at the Student Health Services. If you are getting two MMR vaccinations they should be at least four weeks apart.

Students enrolled in California public school (grade school through eighth grade) for the seventh grade or higher on or after July 1, 1999, do not have to submit the SF State "Proof of Vaccination" form.