Policy on Influenza Immunization for University Employees Credentialed by UNC Health Care
This section has been reviewed and updated as needed: August 2012
Employees who are vaccinated through services other than UNC Health Care Occupational Health (e.g. private physician office, public clinics) must provide proof of immunization to the UEOHC. Proof of immunization may include a physician’s or pharmacist’s note or a receipt.
- Exemption to immunization may be granted for medical contraindications or religious beliefs. Employees claiming religious exemption must submit a written statement that states “such immunizations are not consistent with their religious beliefs or tenets.”
- Employees requesting exemption due to medical contraindications must provide proof of medical contraindications such as a letter and medical records from their private physician. Exemptions for personal beliefs will not be accepted. Standard criteria for medical exemption will be established based upon recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
- Each request for exemption, regardless of the reason, will be evaluated individually by UEOHC.
- If exemption is granted, the employee will be notified in writing within fifteen (15) business days after presenting a request for exemption to UEOHC.
- If exemption is granted for a temporary condition, the employee must resubmit a request for exemption each year. If exemption is granted for a permanent condition (i.e. allergy to a vaccine component or history of Guillain-Barre after a previous influenza vaccine), the exemption does not need to be requested each year unless vaccine technology would change to eliminate issues regarding allergies.