Immunization FAQs

Health Sciences immunization requirement for Social Work/Welfare students:

Q: Why do I need all of these vaccinations?

A: These standards are based on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) requirements for health care providers and are more stringent than the existing UW Tacoma measles vaccination requirements.

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Q: Will I be charged an administrative fee from HSIP for the verification process?

A: Yes, an administrative fee will be charged to each student annually by the Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP) to ensure proper tracking and compliance policies are followed. For current HSIP fees, please visit the HSIP website

Q: What paperwork is required?

A: All new and current MSW and BASW students must complete and submit the appropriate form along with all of the required documentation to myshots@uw.edu. Please visit the HSIP website for all materials: http://depts.washington.edu/chsweb/hsi.  

Q: Where do I find the current required immunizations form and additional information?

A: Please refer to the Health Sciences Immunization Program website for forms and additional information.

Q: What is the submission deadline for current BASW and MSW students?

A: All MSW students entering field placements during summer quarter or autumn quarter must have their documentation in and verified no later than the first day of summer quarter or they will not be permitted to begin their field placement. All BASW students entering field placements during autumn quarter must have their documentation in and verified no later than the first day of autumn quarter or they will not be permitted to begin their field placement. Please refer to the academic calendar for quarter start dates.

Q: I am a new student to one of the Social Work programs (MSW or BASW). When do I need to submit immunization paperwork to myshots@uw.edu?

A: You will be advised of specific dates upon admission, but generally all documentation must be supplied prior to entering the program.

Q: Can I drop off my paperwork with the Social Work Program?

A: No, unless your practicum coordinator (Tom Diehm or Teresa Holt) specifically asks you for a duplicate copy, no forms should be dropped off in the Social Work Program office. All forms and documentation must be submitted electronically to myshots@uw.edu. If you are unable to send your documents electronically, please contact the HSIP for an alternate method at myshots@uw.edu.

Q: Does UW Tacoma offer immunizations on campus?

A: Yes. Students should visit Student Health Services (SHS) located at 17th and Market streets for a list of available vaccines, titers and pricing information. They can be reached at uwtshs@uw.edu or 253-692-5811. Occasionally, SHS offers TB or flu shot clinics on campus. Please inquire with SHS regarding the availability of upcoming clinics.