The Texas Senate Bill 1107, as amended by Senate Bill 62, requires all new TCC students who are under the age of 22 and who enroll after January 1, 2014, to submit evidence of being immunized against meningococcal meningitis.
The meningitis vaccination (MV) requirement applies to:
- All first-time freshmen
- All new transfer students
- All returning TCC students who have experienced a break in TCC enrollment of at least one fall or spring term
- New and returning Community & Industry Education (CIE) students enrolled in programs that have at least 360 contact hours (See table below for list of programs)
CIE Programs with at least 360 Contact Hours
|Program Name||Campus||Contact Hours|
|Automotive Metal Repair||South Campus||576|
|Automotive Refinishing Repair||South Campus||572|
|Basic Peace Officer||Northwest Campus||656|
|Dental Assisting||Northeast Campus||627|
|Fire Fighting: Basic Certification||Northwest Campus||528|
|Massage Therapy||South Campus||576|
|Oil and Gas Industry Production||South Campus||400|
|PC Technician/A+ Certification||Northwest Campus||486|
|Railroad Dispatcher||Northwest Campus||376|
|Small Engine Repair||South Campus||400|
|Welding Technology||South Campus||480|
An MV record administered within the five-year period immediately preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first semester enrolled or re-enrolled must be submitted to your campus's Admissions and Registrar Office.
Required MV Documentation
- Certification from a physician or clinic that you have been vaccinated during the five-year period immediately preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.
- An immunization record from either a state or local health authority, or an official record received from school officials (must be within 5 years).
- A completed, signed and dated copy of TCC's Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Verification FormListen(PDF will open in a new window).
The information will be maintained in the Admissions and Records Office in accordance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations and the Health and Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Note: If you fail to submit required MV documents, you will be restricted from registering for classes.
Under justifiable circumstances, the Admissions and Registrar Office may grant an extension to extend the compliance date to no more than 10 days after the first day of the semester.
If you meet any of the following requirement, you are not required to submit an MV.
- Twenty-two years old and older.
- Taking only Distance Learning (DL) courses. TCC's WebAdvisor registration system will electronically exempt the MV requirement and allow enrollment in DL courses.
- A Community and Industry Education (CIE) student enrolled in a course or program that is less than 360 contact hours, or in CIE corporate training.
- Enrolled in a dual credit course that is taught at a public or private K-12 facility not located on a TCC campus.
- Given a signed affidavit or certificate from a physician that states the vaccination would be injurious to your health.
- Given a signed affidavit stating that you decline the MV for reasons of conscience,
including a religious belief.
- You must submit the Exemption from Meningococcal Vaccination Requirements for Reasons of Conscience form from the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- Incarcerated in a Texas prison.
Vaccination Location Options
Primary care physicians normally offer the meningitis vaccine. The price of the vaccine depends on your insurance coverage and your physician's practice. Some insurance plans require a co-payment for preventative vaccinations; others may cover the full cost.
The Tarrant County Public Health Department (TCPHD) also offer meningitis vaccinations for patients when their supplies allow. Before you go, please contact the Tarrant County Health Centers for information about the availability and cost of their vaccines.
Administration Office: Tarrant County Public Health
1101 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Arlington Public Health Center
536 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington, TX 76011-5738
Bagsby-Williams Public Health Center
3212 Miller Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76119-1948
La Gran Plaza Mall Public Health Center
4200 S. Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76115-1400
Northwest Public Health Center
3800 Adam Grubb Road, Lake Worth, TX 76135-3506
Southwest Public Health Center
6551 Granbury Road, Fort Worth, TX 76133-4926
Watauga Public Health Center
6601 Watauga Road, Suite 122, Watauga, TX 76148
Area health care clinics and pharmacies may also offer the vaccine.
More Information About Meningococcal Meningitis
Meningitis is an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord—also called the meninges. More information about the causes, symptoms, types, risks, and seriousness as well as ways to prevent meningococcal meningitis are available through the following links (All links will open in a new window):
- Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Requirements from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
- Bacterial Meningitis Causes, Symptoms and Vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- TCC Health Services
- TCC Admissions and Registrar Office
Updated April 05, 2017