Move-in weekend just ended for the University of Alaska Anchorage dorms, and there was a new item students living in university housing need to pack — a Covid-19 proof-of-vaccine card.
The decision to mandate the vaccine for campus housing was made earlier this year. Students must have other vaccines also:
- Meningococcal vaccine (required for students under 21 and highly recommended for students 21 and older)
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)– 2 doses
- Tetanus-Diphtheria– must have been within 10 years
Students also must show a tuberculosis test with a negative result within six months prior to moving in.
UAA has three large resident dorms, each of which can house about 200 students. There are also apartment-style options for students who are 21 and older.
Although Gov. Mike Dunleavy has said there will be no mandatory vaccinations required for state workers or facilities, he does not have oversight over the University System. That rests with the Board of Regents, and chancellors at each individual campus.
Students in the allied health sciences programs at UAA have an expanded list of vaccines with which they must be current:
School of Allied Health students are typically required to show proof of immunity either at the time of program selection or show proof of immunization prior to registration for:
- Rubella/Rubeola/Mumps Vaccine or Titer
- Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccine or Titer
- Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Vaccine
- Hepatitis B Vaccination Series AND Hepatitis B Immunity Titer
- Hepatitis A Vaccination Series
- Proof of freedom from active Tuberculosis
- Annual Influenza Vaccine
Covid-19 vaccines have not yet been added to the list posted on the university’s website for that program.