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COVID -19 Update

For the latest information about Mercy’s COVID-19 policies click here.  STUDENTS: To upload your vaccination documentation, click here.  

Immunization Requirements

New York State Public Health Law, requires all students enrolled in six or more credits must be fully compliant with the below immunization requirements.

Immunization compliance is outlined as follows:

Meningococcal Meningitis New York Public Health Law requires the College to distribute information about Meningococcal Meningitis disease and vaccination to all students registered for six or more credits. Student(s) are required to confirm whether or not they decide to become immunized (or not). Students are required to submit a form confirm their decision with the College in writing. The completed form is to be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Electronic documents submitted will be accepted as the student signature.
Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) New York Public Health Law 2165, requires that all college students born after December 31, 1956, taking six or more credits in a term, provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella prior to their first term of study. Proof of immunity includes an immunization record from a health care provider, previous school, immunization registry record or military immunization record.
The requirement can also be satisfied by receiving the MMR combined vaccination.  It is a 2 dose series and students must obtain a second measles vaccine administered at least 30 days after the first (MMR) dose in order to be in full compliance with required Immunizations.
An alternative to providing immunization proof or receiving the vaccine would be to submit a lab report showing positive titers or immunity to measles, mumps and rubella.
Measles: Two doses required First Dose must be after the age of 12 months
Second Dose must be administered more than 30 days after the first dose and after the age of 15 months.
Alternative to immunization documents, the student may present medical proof of the disease or laboratory proof of immunity (students must submit a copy of lab report showing positive titers for Measles)
Mumps: One dose required One dose administered after the age of 12 months Alternative to immunization documents, the student may present medical proof of the disease or laboratory proof of immunity (students must submit a copy of lab report showing positive titers for Mumps)
Rubella: One dose required One dose administered after the age of 12 months Alternative to immunization documents, the student may present medical proof of the disease or laboratory proof of immunity (students must submit a copy of lab report showing positive titers for Rubella)

Students must submit proof of MMR vaccine compliance and submission of completed Meningitis Form within 30 days of the start of term.

Please note that according to NYS Public Health Law, no institution shall permit any student to attend the institution in excess of 30 days without complying with this law.

If documentation is not submitted, the respective student will not be permitted to continue attending classes, will be dropped from his/her classes and will be responsible for tuition liability. 

For requirements and policies relating to the COVID-19 vaccine, please see the college's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

Important COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

For the latest information about Mercy’s COVID-19 policies click here.  Students: To upload your vaccination documentation, click here

Additional Information

Meningococcal Information

On July 22, 2003, Governor Pataki signed New York State Public Health Law (NYS PHL) 2167 requiring colleges and universities to distribute information about meningococcal disease and vaccination to all students meeting the enrollment criteria, whether they live on or off campus. This law became effective on August 15, 2003.

Meningococcal disease or meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person's spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Its flu-like symptoms make diagnosis difficult. Viral meningitis is generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment, while bacterial meningitis can be quite severe and may result in brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disability.

Some forms of bacterial meningitis are contagious. The bacteria are spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions (i.e., coughing, kissing). Fortunately, none of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as things like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been. However, sometimes the bacteria that cause meningitis have spread to other people who have had close or prolonged contact with a patient with meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitidis (also called meningococcal meningitis) or Hib.

Bacterial meningitis can be treated with a number of effective antibiotics. It is important, however, that treatment be started early in the course of the disease. Appropriate antibiotic treatment of most common types of bacterial meningitis should reduce the risk of dying from meningitis to below 15%, although the risk is higher among the elderly.

The cost of the vaccine usually ranges from $60.00 to $85.00. Please check with your doctor or insurance company for details.

You can find additional information about the disease at: 

Form Completion

Please make sure you complete and return the meningococcal Meningitis Response Form within 30 days of the start of term. Please note that according to NYS Public Health Law, no institution shall permit any student to attend the institution in excess of 30 days without complying with this law.

If documentation is not submitted, the respective student will not be permitted to continue attending classes, will be dropped from his/her classes will be responsible for tuition liability.