VACCINATION AT MERCYHURST

Mercyhurst requires that all students taking courses on campus and all university employees be vaccinated against Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR). Individuals living in campus housing must also be vaccinated against meningitis. Mercyhurst strongly recommends that all students taking courses on campus and all university employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as receiving booster vaccines, once eligible.

COVID-19

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the research supporting COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, and the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S., Mercyhurst University strongly recommends that all students and employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as receiving booster vaccines, once eligible. In general, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of an approved FDA and/or FDA EUA two-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after an FDA EUA single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine. Once they have received a vaccine dose or booster, students and employees should upload their COVID-19 vaccination documentation for review by the university.

COVID-19 is a serious, highly infectious, and potentially fatal respiratory disease, and although COVID-19 transmission has slowed in the United States, it still poses a significant threat to colleges and universities. COVID-19 vaccinations provide critical health protection and help protect our larger Mercyhurst community, limit potential COVID-19 outbreaks, and influence the degree to which we can resume normal campus activities.

Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

All students and employees are required to provide documentation showing vaccination for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR). Measles is highly contagious and dangerous; according to the CDC, about one in four people who contract measles will require hospitalization. A single case of measles on our campus would have a highly disruptive effect on our educational mission and could put vulnerable members of our campus community at risk. Exemption requests for those with documented medical and religious objections are available by submitting the Vaccination Exemption Request Form, available below.

Meningitis

Students who live in campus housing must also provide documentation for the meningitis meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Exemption requests for those with documented medical and religious objections are available by submitting the Vaccination Exemption Request Form, available below.

We will contact students and employees individually throughout the summer if we are missing sufficient vaccination documentation. If you do receive a notification, please provide the required documentation immediately.

Contact Us

For questions about Mercyhurst's vaccination policy, please contact our Vaccine Response Team at vaccines@mercyhurst.edu.