REQUIREMENT: Texas Senate Bill 1107, passed in May 2011, requires all students entering a public, private, or independent institution of higher education in Texas as of January 2012 and thereafter to provide documentation that they have had a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis) vaccine or “booster” dose – within five years of the first class day of the semester they will enter that institution and no later than 10 days before the first day of classes in that same semester.
After you have been admitted AND you have chosen to come to Texarkana College, you must submit documentation to the office of Admissions that you have complied with the following requirement. Failure to do so may affect your registration.
Check your shot records. You may need a second shot to comply. To ensure that your registration is not affected please submit your documentation to Texarkana College as soon as you are admitted AND have decided to come to Texarkana College, but at least two weeks before your intended registration date (even if that date is during a new student orientation).
Students who must comply with this state-mandated requirement:
Unless exempted as noted below, the following entering students must comply with this requirement:
Texarkana College in conjunction with Christus St. Michael’s will offer the meningitis vaccine at a discounted rate of $68.00 (cash or check only) on the following days:
Please check back for Summer and Fall Dates!
*The Christus St. Michael’s mobile go unit will be located in the Nelson Administration Building parking lot.
What is the acceptable documentation to prove that you’ve met the meningococcal vaccine?
If you are exempt due to medical reasons, you must provide the following documentation:
Documentation must be in English and include your full name and date of birth. Write your Texarkana College STUDENT T-NUMBER on all pages of your documentation before submitting it.
Declining the meningococcal vaccine for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. Click the following link to request the exemption form. http://collegevaccinerequirements.com/exemption.php
NOTE: Because of the potential severity (including fatality) of meningococcal disease (bacterial meningitis), we recommend that you consult a physician about the need for the vaccine before deciding to seek an exemption from this requirement.
The only acceptable documentation is a completed and notarized Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Vaccine Exemption Affidavit Form. This form can be requested online. The online request page location is http://collegevaccinerequirements.com/exemption.php. Please select the link under PUBLIC JUNIOR COLLEGE.
The following timelines apply for submitting documentation proving you’ve had the meningococcal vaccine, that you can’t take the vaccine because of medical reasons OR that you decline the vaccine because of reasons of conscience, including a religious belief.
Don’t submit your documentation until you have applied to Texarkana College. The meningococcal vaccine requirement is not part of your admission process, but non-compliance may affect your registration process. Texarkana College has no way of managing your documentation until you have applied, and you will have to resubmit it if you send it in to Texarkana College before you have completed an application.
Do not submit any medical information other than vaccine related information.
Write your STUDENT T-NUMBER on each page of any documentation you submit to Texarkana College.
Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Form
By U.S. Mail:
Office of Admissions/Immunization Compliance
2500 N. Robison Road
Texarkana, Texas 75599
By FAX: 903.823.3451 Attn: Office of Admissions/Immunization Compliance
During rush periods, you may receive busy signals before being able to complete your fax. Please plan accordingly. This information is subject to change.
You can get the meningococcal vaccine at most doctor’s offices and private clinics, many large pharmacy chains, and some minor emergency centers or medi-clinics. Call in advance to see whether they offer the vaccine, require an appointment, and take your insurance.
If you have Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan), please contact your established healthcare provider as your first option.
If you are uninsured or your insurance will not cover the meningococcal vaccine:
Booster Shots Needed After Five Years: If it has been more than five years since you had your vaccine, you will need a booster shot prior to the first class day of the semester in which you entering Texarkana College. Click on the following link for more information: