Student Medical Services

Health Requirements

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

The COVID-19 vaccine requirement will be enforced this fall 2021 for students who live in on-campus housing at UH Mānoa and UH Hilo because of the close communal contact. Please send your COVID-19 Vaccine and MCV Vaccine documentation to us as soon as possible to be cleared for housing. Please send all sensitive information using UH File Drop to recipient: uhhsms@hawaii.edu, Fax: (808) 932-7368, or mail to UH Hilo Student Medical Services 200 W. Kawili street, Campus Center Room 212, Hilo, HI 96720. Medical exemption (PDF) and Religious exemption (PDF) will be available for student residents. Other limitations may apply to the unvaccinated, but they will not be prevented from enrolling in on-campus classes. New safety guidelines will be released outlining practices to protect all students and employees. Face coverings will be required while indoors on campus and all students, employees and visitors will still be required to utilize the LumiSight UH health check app, which now includes the ability to easily demonstrate vaccination status.

Please be aware that no TB can be placed in between COVID shots and must be four weeks after your last COVID vaccine or before the starting of the COVID vaccine and TB must be done before any "live vaccines" such as MMR and Varicella or four weeks after your last live vaccine. All other vaccines can be done without regard to timing of the COVID vaccines and TB placement.

HW Holds

Having an HW hold makes students eligible to register for online classes only. To register for in-person or hybrid classes, you must submit all outstanding health clearances to the UH Hilo Student Medical Services Department. The Health Requirements Form (PDF) is available to ensure all clearances are completed. Please contact the Student Medical Services Department for questions about which clearances are still outstanding.

Mandatory Health Requirements

Please mail, fax or File Drop (Recipient email: uhhsms@hawaii.edu) our Health Requirements Form to our Clinic before the deadline.

Please do not email the form to us, for security reasons.

View a List of High Risk Countries for TB, as per the State of Hawaiʻi List Department of Health, Tuberculosis Control Program .

I. Tuberculosis Clearance: TB requirement must be met before attending classes.

  1. U.S. Students: A TB Risk Assessment and or a tuberculin test (PPD/Mantoux) is required for clearance. If positive, a chest x-ray done in the United States or by a U.S. licensed healthcare provider (M.D., D.O., A.P.R.N., or P.A.) within one year prior to enrollment is required.
  2. International Students including students from the Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau: All students must have a tuberculin skin test (PPD/Mantoux) performed in the U.S. or its Territories by a U.S. licensed healthcare provider (M.D., D.O., A.P.R.N., or P.A.) within one year prior to enrollment. If the TB test is given in a foreign country, the healthcare provider must document their license number and U.S. State from which it is issued. Upon arrival on campus, TB tests may be taken at Student Medical Services . A follow-up chest x-ray may be required if the TB skin test is positive.
  3. IGRAs (Interferon-Gamma Release Assays) Blood test, QFT-GIT (QuantiFeron-TB Gold-in-Tube test), and T-Spot TB test done in the United States are accepted for TB clearance.
  4. Returning/Transferring Students from a post-secondary Hawaiʻi school: Students who are re-enrolling at UH Hilo after an absence of 1 year or more or transferring from another post-secondary school in Hawaiʻi, may be cleared on the basis of their original certificate. Submit your original TB and MMR record or check with SMS if you have already submitted it. Those with a history of a positive TB test and a negative chest x-ray must complete the Tuberculosis Symptom Screening Form (PDF), linked on the Forms page.

II. Immunizations

You must provide documentation of:

  1. Two doses of live measles-containing vaccine, with at least one being an MMR is required, of students born after 1956. The first dose must have been given on or after 12 months-of-age and after January 1, 1968. Dose 2 must have been given at least a month after the first dose. Titers will no-longer be accepted.
  2. Two dose of Varicella (Chicken pox), exemption given to individuals born before 1980 or those with a documented disease by a medical provider.
  3. One dose of Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis)
  4. If it is your first year at your campus, living in a dormitory/residence hall, and <21 years of age you are required to have been vaccinated with MCV (Meningococcal Conjugate).

See our Clinic schedule for TB clearances and immunizations.

Health Insurance

A University of Hawaiʻi endorsed student health insurance plan is available for regular registered students taking six or more credits. To enroll, download the information and application from HMSA or call (800) 618-4672. You may also pickup a brochure in the Student Medical Services office. International students on non-immigrant visas must have proof of health insurance and present such proof to the international student advisor prior to registration.

Returning Students

If your TB test and immunization information are on file at Student Medical Services from previous enrollment no additional testing is required. Please call us at (808) 932-7369 to check or if there are any discrepancies that arise feel free to give us a call.