Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

Texas Education Code 51.9192 requires all students under the age of 22 entering an institution of higher education to provide evidence of immunization for bacterial meningitisProof must be received by the Admissions and Records Office before the student will be allowed to register for classes.  The vaccination must have been received or renewed within the last 5 years. 

Acceptable Proof of Meningitis Vaccination include:

  • Official immunization record with date of vaccination(s)
    • Your record must include the Meningococcal MCV4 or MPSV4 vaccine (Menactra or Menveo) for compliance. The Meningitis Serogroup B vaccine (MenB, brand names Bexsero or Truembra) does not satisfy the state requirement.

    • Signed or stamped physician's note to include date of vaccination

  • Official school record with date of vaccination
  • Evidence of Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination/100% Online Exemption Form signed and/or stamped by designee who administered the vaccine

To send proof of vaccination or exemption:

  • Email to admissions@southplainscollege.edu
  • Hand deliver to any campus location
  • Mail to:
                  South Plains College
                  Admissions and Records Office, Box C
                  1401 S. College Avenue
                  Levelland, TX 79336

Evidence of Vaccination

Evidence of vaccination must show that the vaccination was administered during the five year period prior to and no later than 10 days before the first day of the semester. 

  • Entering Summer 2020 - vaccination must be on or after 5/22/2015
  • Entering Fall 2020 - vaccination must be on or after 8/14/2015
  • Entering Spring 2021 - vaccination must be on or after 1/9/2016

You are exempt from the requirement if any of the following apply:

  • You submit an affidavit or certificate signed by a duly licensed physician that states, in the physician’s opinion, that the vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student.
  • You decline the vaccination by submitting a signed affidavit stating that the student declines the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief.  The student must use one of the below forms obtained directly from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  • You are enrolling in a dual credit course which is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a higher education institution campus.  (NOTE:  Dual credit students taking classes in person at any of our campus locations MUST provide proof of the meningitis vaccination.)
  • You are enrolling in a continuing education course or program that is less than 360 contact hours, or continuing education corporate training.
  • You are incarcerated in a Texas prison.

 

Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis