Vaccination Exemptions

Medical University of South Carolina is committed to protecting our patients, health care workers, volunteers, medical staff, employees, students, and the community from the spread of all vaccine preventable diseases. The Medical University of South Carolina requires that all individuals as defined in policy CHS-IPC-006 (Employee Student- Health Policy) to be vaccinated unless granted an accommodation approved through the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Immunization Exemption Request for Accommodation Form

Immunization Exemption Request for Accommodation Form

If requesting a medical exemption, your qualified (must be qualified to make the reported diagnosis) healthcare provider will need to complete the medical portion of the Immunization Exemption Request for Accommodation form as well as provide supporting testing and/or evaluations to support the diagnosis.

Medical Exemption for Covid-19

Guidance for medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination can be obtained from the Advisory Committee on Immunization   Practices (ACIP) available at:

 The following are NOT considered contraindications to COVID-19 vaccination:

·   Local injection site reactions after (days to weeks) previous COVID-19 vaccines (erythema, induration, pruritus, pain, etc.)

·   Expected systemic vaccine side effects in previous COVID- 19 vaccines (fever, chills, fatigue, headache, lymphadenopathy, vomiting, diarrhea, myalgia, arthralgia)

·   Vasovagal reaction after receiving a dose of any vaccination

·   Being an immunocompromised individual or receiving immunosuppressive medications

·   Autoimmune conditions, including Guillain-Barre Syndrome

·   Allergic reactions to anything not contained in the COVID-19 vaccines, including injectable therapies, food, pets, venom, environmental allergens, oral medication, latex, etc.

·   Breastfeeding

·   Immunosuppressed person in the employee’s household

·   Alpha-gal Syndrome

The COVID vaccines do not contain egg or gelatin, allergies to these substances are not contraindication

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