Meningitis Vaccinations

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.

Who's Required to Be Vaccinated

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 continuing education students enrolled in programs with at least 360 contact hours (See table for list of programs)

Deadline to Show Proof of MV

If you're subject to this requirement, your MV record must be on file before you can register for a face-to-face class.

Submit your vaccination records online through Hello!TCC or to your campus's Admissions and Registrar Office (instructions below).

Required MV Documentation

At least one of the following must be submitted to the Admissions and Registrar Office:

  1. Certification from a physician, clinic, or pharmacy that you have been vaccinated during the five-year period immediately preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class.
  2. An immunization record from either a state or local health authority, or an official record received from school officials (must be within 5 years).
  3. A completed, signed and dated copy of TCC's Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination Verification Form (PDF)Listen.

Submit Your MV Documentation

Submit your proof of vaccination through one of the following options:

The information will be maintained in the Admissions and Records Office in accordance with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations.

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 of the compliance date to no more than 10 days after the first day of the semester.

Limited Exceptions/Exemptions

If you meet any of the following criteria, you are not required to submit an MV.

If you're:

  • 22 years old and older.
  • Taking only Distance Learning (DL) courses. TCC's registration system will electronically exempt the MV requirement and allow enrollment in DL courses.
  • A continuing education student enrolled in a course or program that is less than 360 contact hours, or in continuing education 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 stating the vaccination would be injurious to your health.
  • Given a signed affidavit stating you decline the MV for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. 
  • Incarcerated in a Texas prison.

Where can I get the vaccine?

Under the Affordable Care Act, most insurance plans provide preventative health services, including this vaccination, at no cost. Check with your primary care physician or in-network pharmacy or care clinic for availability.

Uninsured students can seek vaccination at the following health centers as well as retail pharmacies:

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

Southeast Public Health Center
536 W. Randol Mill Road, Arlington, TX 76011-5738

Southwest Public Health Center
6551 Granbury Road, Fort Worth, TX 76133-4926

Tarrant County Public Health Main Campus
1101 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Watauga Public Health Center
6601 Watauga Road, Suite 122, Watauga, TX 76148

Continuing Education Programs Requiring MV

New and returning continuing education students enrolled in programs with at least 360 contact hours are required to provide proof of MV.

Program Name Campus Contact Hours
Automotive Metal Repair South Campus 576
Automotive Refinishing Repair South Campus 572
Basic Peace Officer Northwest Campus 768
Dental Assisting Northeast Campus 627
Engine Analysis Technician South Campus 768
Fire Fighting: Basic Certification Northwest Campus 528
Heavy Line Technician South Campus 752
Massage Therapy South Campus 576
Oil & Gas Industry Production South Campus 400
Computer Network and Cybersecurity Technician Northeast Campus; Northwest Campus 384
Small Engine Repair South Campus 400
Surface Water Operator Northwest Campus 506
Veterinary Clinical Assistant South Campus 620
Wastewater Operator Northwest Campus 424
Water Operator (Distribution & Ground) Northwest Campus 404
Welding Technology South Campus 480
Welding Technology—Advanced South Campus 384

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):

Updated May 20, 2024