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OU-Tulsa students who have patient-facing responsibilities are required to receive certain immunizations to protect patients and other health care providers. The University recognizes that vaccine requirements in certain University settings, in particular patient care settings, are both prudent and important. Vaccine requirements will be updated as appropriate, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as medical and public health officials. 

Required Immunizations and TB Screening Requirements

For students in OUHSC program on the OU-Tulsa campus, a complete list of required immunizations and TB screening requirements can be found in this OUHSC-Program Student Immunization and TB Screening Requirements Reference Guide. There are Tulsa programs that require additional or modified requirements from those listed in the documents, including:

  • The OU-Tulsa School of Community Medicine (both MD and PA programs) requires parts a. and b. in #3 (Hep B) in the above attached Reference Guide.

For information regarding Complio, the online platform for student immunization tracking in OUHSC programs, please visit the OU-Tulsa Complio page

Required Influenza Vaccination

Annual influenza vaccinations are offered in September and October of each academic year and are required in patient-facing spaces. The 2021 process for influenza vaccine documentation will be released in August 2021. Please monitor your university email account and this webpage for on-campus Flu Clinic notifications. Student Health Fees cover the costs of an influenza vaccine for all OU-Tulsa students, regardless of whether or not a student falls within the requirement.

Influenza Vaccine Availability:

A flu clinic schedule for OU-Tulsa will be released in September 2021, and posted here.

Required COVID-19 Vaccination

Effective June 1, 2021, the following individuals are required to provide the completed COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation Form.

  • Faculty, staff, and students with patient-facing responsibility.
    • For purposes of this policy, "patients" include clinical and hospital patients, mental health/counseling and allied health clients, human research participants, simulated patients, and parents/guardians of patients who cannot give legal consent. Patient-facing responsibilities include any activity that is anticipated to necessitate direct contact with or close physical proximity (6 feet) to a patient.
  • Individuals who will observe, shadow, or volunteer in an area where patients are reasonably expected to be.
  • Faculty, staff, and students who are participating in an elective Study Abroad program.

COVID-19 Vaccine Availability:

Vaccines aapointments are now available for OU-Tulsa students, faculty, and staff on campus in the OU Health Physicians Internal Medicine Clinic, at no cost. To book an appointment, please click here and complete the form; as this availability is only for OU-Tulsa students, faculty, and staff, please do not share this site with family or friends.

Vaccines are also available at no cost in the community. Please refer to the Tulsa Health Department for current vaccine opportunities around Tulsa County.

Student Process for COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation

  1. Complete the COVID-19 Documentation Form.
  1. Attach the needed documentation; acceptable examples of documentation are:
    • Documentation from the Oklahoma State Immunization Information System (OSIIS) or another state's vaccine registry
    • A legible copy of a CDC Vaccine Record card
    • Documentation from the licensed health care provider who vaccinated the individual
    • Other official documentation that includes the name of the provider or facility where the vaccine was provided, the manufacturer of the vaccine given, and the date(s) of the vaccine administration. 
  2. Upload the COVID-19 Documentation Form and acceptable documentation to Complio or your college/program's designated software platform for immunization tracking.

Student Process for COVID-19 Vaccine Declination

Medical Declination Process:

  1. Complete the COVID-19 Declination Form.
  2. Gather the needed medical documentation.
  3. Submit the COVID-19 Declination Form and medical documentation to the following email addresses based upon your geographic location. To expedite the review of your materials, please utilize Medical Declination in the email subject line.
  4. Following successful submission, a member of the Student & Employee Health team will be in communication to discuss your medical declination.

Other Declination Process:

  1. Complete the COVID-19 Declination Form.
  2. Gather the needed documentation.
  3. Submit the COVID-19 Declination Form and other documentation to the following email addresses based on your geographic location. To expedite the review of your materials, please utilize Other Declination in the email subject line.
  4. Following successful submission, a member of OU-Tulsa Student Affairs will be in communication to discuss your declination.

Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Most HSC-program students on the OU-Tulsa campus are considered patient-facing. If you are unsure, please ask your program coordinator, director, or college's student service team.

For Norman-program students on the OU-Tulsa campus, those in the following degree programs are currently considered patient-facing:

  • Masters of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • Masters of Human Relations (Clincial Mental Health Counseling students only)

For those OU-Tulsa students deemed to be in patient-facing programs, they are required to receive immunizations to protect the patients and the health care providers they work and train with.

For HSC-program students at OU-Tulsa, your college student service team will provide directions on providing documentation. Acceptable examples of documentation are:

  • Documentation from the Oklahoma State Immunization Information System (OSIIS) or another state's vaccine registry
  • A legible copy of a CDC Vaccine Record card
  • Documentation from the licensed health care provider who vaccinated the individual
  • Other official documentation that includes the name of the provider or facility where the vaccine was provided, the manufacturer of the vaccine given, and the date(s) of the vaccine administration

For Norman-program students at OU-Tulsa, your program will notify you or required immunizations, if any.

Students going into the health professions are highly encouraged to keep a copy of all vaccination records.

Please contact OU-Tulsa Student & Employee Health to discuss the research and safety of the vaccines.

  • OU-Tulsa Student Health: 918-660-3102

Please allow 15 business days for the review.

Students will visit with their program/college student service team to understand next steps and possible program limitations. Generally, all unvaccinated patient-facing students will be required to mask in all indoor campus facilities.

Students will visit with their program/college student service team to understand next steps and possible program limitations.

Neither the University of Oklahoma nor the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center can control the vaccination policies of the facilities, hospitals, or physicians groups that provide clinical and practicum experiences for our students. If you are not allowed to participate in a particular clinical experience due to your vaccine declination, the University may not be able to find you an alternate clinical experience without fundamentally altering the program. If you are unable to complete the required clinical or practicum experiences, you would be unable to fulfill the requirements of your program, eliminating the opportunity to fulfill the necessary requirements for graduation.

In other words, although you may be able to participate in the didactic (classroom) portions of the program, if you decline required vaccinations, the University cannot guarantee that you will be able to ultimately graduate from the program.