COVID-19 Vaccine

In accordance with the city of Philadelphia Board of Health’s vaccine requirements, Temple University requires all faculty, staff, students and contractors to receive a Primary Series of a COVID-19 vaccine.

At this time a booster dose of COVID-19 Vaccine is highly recommended but not required. 

For information about Religious and Medical exemptions to the COVID 19 Vaccine please click here.   Philosophical or moral objections are not permitted.  If you have an existing exemption approved by Temple University you do not need to submit another one. 

All World Health Organization approved COVID-19 vaccines are accepted.  To view a current list of the approved vaccines click here.

Meningococcal (Meningitis)

The MCV4 Conjugate vaccine or MPSV4 Polysaccharide Vaccines are acceptable.  The brand names for the MCV4 Conjugate Vaccines are Menactra, Menveo or MenHibrix.

 Learn more about meningitis.

More Meningitis information for students living in Temple University- owned housing.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
All newly enrolled or reenrolled students born after 1956 are required to show proof of two vaccinations for MMR. Positive laboratory titer results are acceptable if proof of vaccination is not provided. Learn more about MMR.

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap)
All newly enrolled or reenrolled students should have received Tdap within 10 years or Tdap older than 10 years and Diphtheria Tetanus (DT) within 10 years. Learn more about Tdap.

Varicella (Chickenpox)
All newly enrolled or reenrolled students are required to receive two doses of chickenpox vaccine. Positive laboratory titer results are acceptable if proof of vaccination is not provided. Learn more about chickenpox.

The immunizations listed below are strongly recommended (but not required) for all Temple University students.

Meningococcal B
Also known as Bexsero or Trumenba. This vaccine is effective against most of the more common meningococcal infections caused by serogroup B. These vaccines are given in a series of either two or three injections or are not interchangeable. (This vaccine alone does not satisfy the meningococcal requirement listed above.)

Hepatitis B
Three doses of hepatitis B vaccine are needed for immunity. Doses one and two must be administered at least four weeks apart. Dose three should be at least six months after the first dose and eight weeks after dose two. A blood test may be used to confirm immunity.

The influenza (flu) vaccine is recommended annually for all members of campus community. This recommendation applies to any and all flu vaccines.

Human Paplilloma Virus (HPV)
The HPV vaccine is given in a three dose series. Three different vaccines have been used in the U.S. (Gardasil, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix).

Hepatitis A
The hepatitis A vaccine is a two-dose series given six to 18 months apart. In some cases, hepatitis A and hepatitis B are given as a combined vaccine, which would necessitate that three doses are needed for immunity.

Students who are citizens of countries with a high rate of tuberculosis, including China, are required to be screened for tuberculosis.

Students required to have the tuberculosis screening will receive information in early September and that testing must be done at Student Health.

Please consult your school for specific immunization requirements if you are a Health Sciences Cener student (including health professions and social work, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatric medicine). 

Learn more about the requirements for Health Sciences Center & College of Public Health students.

Frequently Asked Questions